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Dance event of the week: The Old Woman, Palace Theatre, Manchester


An all-star team of dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, actor Willem Dafoe and pioneering director Robert Wilson create a new production for the Manchester International Festival.

It's adapted from an absurdist novella by dissident Russian author Daniil Kharms, the story of a struggling writer who finds the corpse of an old woman in his apartment.

Dafoe and Wilson collaborated on The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic for the 2011 festival. In this stylised production, they're joined by Baryshnikov – who himself defected from the Soviet Union, leaving the Kirov Ballet for life in the West.

0844 375 2013; mif.co.uk, Thursday to 7 July