“Experience” has become something of a dread word of late. (Isn’t everything, from roasting a potato to cleaning the car, marketed to us as an “experience” these days?) And yet, it was the word that rattled persistently round my head as I watched Invisible Cities, the new creation by 59 Productions and Rambert – and not in a bad way.
The show (which I caught in preview) is based on Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel of the same name, a literary Rubik’s cube that takes the form of a conversation between the explorer Marco Polo and the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. Essentially, the latter bids the young Venetian to describe all the cities he has visited in his crumbling empire so that he might better understand...
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