Also TURNING Documentary Film Premiere- One-Night-Only Performance on January 26 Commissioned by The Museum of Modern
Art; TURNING Documentary with Charles Atlas to Premiere in Copenhagen November 11.
The Museum of Modern Art
has commissioned artist/musician Antony to
conceive, produce, and perform a large-scale concert and performance event, Swanlights,
with Antony and the Johnsons, on Thursday,
January 26, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at Radio
Hall. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the
performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the
January 26 performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying
Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009
Manchester International Festival. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature,
and femininity, Swanlights includes songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons’
albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light,
and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose,
and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris
Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of
Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan,
Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.
month also sees a work-in-progress screening of TURNING, a film by
Charles Atlas and Antony on November 11th at Copenhagen’s Documentary
Film Festival CPH:DOX.
In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and Charles
Atlas toured Europe with a concert and live video portrait of 13 women from New York City. The
Guardian called their presentation at The Barbican, “fragile, life
affirming, and truly wonderful (five stars).” Le Monde in Paris
hailed the performance at the Olympia
as “Concert-manifeste transsexuel.” The film TURNING explores
the heart of that performance. Through its synthesis of Antony´s songs and
unfurling video portraiture of the beauties who performed on stage, TURNING creates an intimate and cinematic experience exploring the themes of identity,
transcendence and the revelation of essence.
being awarded the UK’s
prestigious Mercury Prize in 2005, Antony
has collaborated with musicians including Björk, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Boy
George, CocoRosie, and Lou Reed, and recently he has performed with symphonies
around the world. Reed has said, “When I first heard him I knew I was in
the presence of an angel.” Anderson
adds, “Two words and he has broken your heart. When he sings it is the most
exquisite thing you will hear in your life.”
its acclaimed presentation at the 2009 Manchester International Festival, the
group’s performance of Antony
and the Johnsons The Crying Light was included in the exhibition 100
Years (version #2, ps1, nov 2009) at MoMA PS1, which was organized
by Klaus Biesenbach and RoseLee Goldberg, Performa Director and Curator.
was the musical director and a performer in the critically lauded The Life and
Death of Marina AbramoviÄ�, directed by Robert Wilson. This piece will
tour Madrid, Amsterdam,
Basel and Antwerp
in Spring 2012.
visual artist, Antony has exhibited drawings at
Palais Des Beaux Arts in Belgium,
Isis Gallery in London, Accademia Albertina in Turin and the Triennale in Milan. Antony’s
premier exhibit of drawings in the US
will be held at the Hammer Museum in Los
Angeles in January 2012, curated by James Elaine.