From a release:
The Life and Death of Marina Abramović
A North American Debut
With Antony & Willem Dafoe
Part of LuminaTO 2013 - June 14-17, 2013
Tickets go on sale November 30, 2012
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid with Theater Basel, Art Basel, Holland Festival, Salford City Council and deSingel.
Dear Friends of Luminato,
It was about five years ago, when I was working with Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center, that Marina Abramović called me and said she wanted Wilson to stage her life. She said that in her work
she has total control, but wanted to give up control of her biography and have someone else examine it.
A bit over a year ago, The Life and Death of Marina Abramović premiered at the Manchester International Festival with Willem Dafoe as the narrator, Antony Hegarty writing the music and performing portions of it, and Marina playing her mother and herself. It then travelled to the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Holland Festival, Theater Basel and deSingel in Antwerp. Throughout the tour not a single seat was unoccupied, often with long lines of potential ticket buyers left disappointed. Journalists frequently found themselves unable to find the proper words to describe the theatrical miracles that Robert Wilson unfolded on stage.
It will be Luminato’s second Robert Wilson production and, to me, a bit of a counterpart to this year’s Einstein on the Beach : an equally experimental and equally stunning collaboration among four major artists, but highly personal at the same time, about the life, the suffering and the tragedies, sometimes hilarious, behind being a great artist. Marina Abramović, the self-titled “grandmother of performance art,” is one of the leading artists of our time. Indeed, she is the woman who single-handedly added performance art to the canon of contemporary art. In 2010, a MoMA retrospective of her work welcomed more than one million visitors, the acclaimed HBO documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present enjoyed a landmark six-week run at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Marina continues to attract commissions from all corners of the globe.
Next June, with The Life and Death of Marina Abramović making its North American debut at Luminato (marking the only chance you will get to see the incredible work on this side of the Atlantic in its original form), this astounding artist will make Toronto her home.
–Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director, Luminato
The Life and Death of Marina Abramović Advance Ticket Purchase Opportunity
The North American premiere of The Life and Death of Marina Abramović will be presented at the Bluma Appel Theatre during Luminato’s opening weekend, for four performances only:Friday, June 14, 7:30PM
Saturday, June 15, 7:30PM
Sunday, June 16, 2:00PM
Monday, June 17, 7:30PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00PM
Visa Infinite® Cardholders and Luminato Friends
Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00PM
For more information, visit luminato.com