Marina Abramović and Antony Hegarty are BFF’s

If you’re a New Yorker, you know of Marina Abramovic from her performance piece and retrospective held at the MOMA last summer. If you are a fan of dance and disco-revival, well you are well acquainted with Antony Hegarty’s hauntingly beautiful voice and infectious rhythms. Apparantly the two are quite close friends, and collaberated on Marina’s latest piece for the theater: The Life and Death of Marina Abramović. Marina asked Antony to create the music for the production, in which he wrote and performs nine songs (if I am able to track down a soundtrack or a sampling I will be sure to post).

Sigh, it’s events like these that make me wish I lived in (or could teleport to) the UK.

[via MIF]

Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid present the world premiere of a startling new piece for the stage: The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, a biography of the godmother of performance art, re-imagined by visionary director Robert Wilson.

The show features scenes from Abramović’s life and career, from her Serbian childhood to her work as a performance artist. Featuring original and traditional music, including songs written and performed by the incomparable Antony (Antony & The Johnsons), this ground-breaking show brings together the worlds of theatre, art and music to thrilling effect.

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović is a once in a generation cultural event, starring Marina Abramović, Willem Dafoe and an international cast of actors and performance artists.

So how does Marina wish to ultimately go? Setting the stage of the show, the artist will have three coffins in which one will contain her real body and two will contain fakes. Nobody will know which one she’s in. The coffins will then be simultaneously buried in Belgrade, Serbia, Amsterdam and New York. This is her wish – as is to have Antony sing at her funeral.

The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic runs July 9-16 at the Lowry in Salford

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