The Life and Death of Marina Abramović
Robert Wilson, Marina Abramović, Antony, Willem Dafoe
9-16 July 2011
World premiere 9 July 2011
Visually stunning, musically captivating and surprisingly warm, witty and human, this three-hour epic saw Marina Abramović hand her life, work and legacy over to legendary director Robert Wilson for him to remake entirely. Drawing audiences from all over the world to witness what was neither theatre, opera nor art, but a thrilling crossbreed of all three, The Life and Death featured spellbinding performances from all involved, including Hollywood mainstay Willem Dafoe, musician Antony and Abramović. A life-changing experience for audiences and participants alike.
‘What unfolded was a series of masterly scenes. Stunningly lit with a coruscating soundtrack and a sublimely tender score… the tragiccomic vignettes flow gorgeously past your eyes and ears. By the end, the audience are on their feet. Many will have come here already aware they were entering the presence of genius. For those of us who discovered it for the first time, the night was even more special.’ The Independent
10-22 April 2012 at the Teatro Real, Madrid, Spain
12-15 June 2012 at the Theater Basel, Switzerland
21-24 June 2012 at the Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam, Netherlands as part of the Holland Festival
28-30 June 2012 at deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
14-17 June 2013 at the Bluma Appel Theatre, St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Canada as part of Luminato
12-21 December 2013 at Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, USA
Marina Abramović curated a group show at MIF09
Robert Wilson directed Willem Dafoe in The Old Woman at MIF13
Antony performed with Antony and the Johnsons at MIF09 and co-created the music for The Skriker at MIF15
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid with Theater Basel, Art Basel, Holland Festival and Salford City Council. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Teatro Real Madrid and The Lowry. With thanks to Gerard Mortier for his collaboration and support.