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Stones of Venice

Stones of Venice (English version)
Stones of Venice (Cantonese version)
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30 Oct
VR film*
31 Oct
*Best experienced wearing VR goggles and headphones
*To watch the VR film with VR goggles, play the video with YouTube App and select “Watch in VR ” , place your smartphone in the VR goggles and enjoy!
*Picture quality on YouTube up to 8K

Architecture, physics and philosophy warp the mind of history’s greatest Emperor

Fall into the head of Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan to experience this mind-blowing moment of transcendental understanding. In a perpetual conversation with Venetian explorer and philosopher Marco Polo – a dialogue that has spanned centuries – the pair have variously discussed the meaning of the Empire, the fabric of the universe and the nature of existence. As they transcend their own time and find themselves in our present day, Marco offers Kublai a radical new perspective on the world: that it is not stones but stories that hold the cities of the world together.

Based on Invisible Cities – a hybrid theatre/dance piece from 59 Productions and Rambert – Stones of Venice is a digital glimpse of the world that will be brought to life live on stage next year for the 2021 New Vision Arts Festival.

Conceived and Created by 59 Productions in collaboration with Jeffrey Shaw and City University of Hong Kong
Commissioned by New Vision Arts Festival

Direction, Design, Animation & VR Development

59 Productions

Motion Capture

Jeffrey Shaw & City University of Hong Kong


Lolita Chakrabarti


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui




Dustin O’Halloran & Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie


Gareth Fry


Sam Jones CDG

Motion-Capture Dancers

Joseph Lee* & Alice Ma

Voice Actors

Jeffery Kisson & Andrew Leung

Cantonese Voice-over Director

Wong Wing-sze

Cantonese Voice-over

Ko Hon-man^ & Chiu Tsang-hei

*By kind permission of Unlock Dancing Plaza
^By kind permission of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre

Original theatrical production of Invisible Cities produced by Manchester International Festival, Rambert, 59 Productions and Karl Sydow

Original theatrical production of Invisible Cities commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Rambert, Brisbane Festival, Hong Kong New Vision Arts Festival, Sadler’s Wells, SMG Live, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre (JACC) and Karl Sydow

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