New dance, music and light art combined in this visually stunning and extraordinary site-specific piece created by Company Chameleon at the iconic Manchester Central Library in November 2017.

Seven stories have underpinned literature since the beginning of time and this is their contemporary reimagining. From the inner monster to the superhero, from the tragedy of division to the pure joy of true love, Illuminate explored the stories that help us to understand ourselves, and our place in the world in which we live.

Featuring international artists, rising talents and homegrown performers, Illuminate was brought to life by an ensemble of 60 dancers, musicians and collaborators, for a transformative and immersive cultural experience at Central Library.

Production Details

60 mins


Kevin Edward Turner

Miguel Marin

Aaron J Dootson

Emma Bailey

Theo Fapohunda, Maddie Shimwell, David Colley, Helen Andrew, Oliver Sale, Sara Marques, Alice Bonazzi, Rachel Gittins, Kate Threlfall, Louis George Ellis, Rocky Serg-Widdowson plus dance artists from Chameleon Youth, University of Salford and Edge Hill University. 

Commissioned By
Library Live 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England Manchester City Council

Lovingly designed and built by Fuzzy Duck