Friday, December 13, 2013

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović at the Park Avenue Armory

Why pictures will not work with this show-one of the most magical moments of the year stripped of epic quality
Saw the first New York Preview of Robert Wilson's The Life and Death of Marina Abramović starring the artist herself, Willem Dafoe and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons. Structured around the life of Abramovic, the show is a series of musical tableau that shift your reality to somewhere else into a world of pure emotion. I could tell you what the show is but that would tell you what the show is or how it makes you feel. The best description of the show was by Hubert  who said "I never thought I'd shed a tear watching someone walk a pet lobster on stage and sing".

This is theater magic of the highest order and a must see--assuming you already have tickets or can score them some how  since apparently the whole run is sold out.

Three quick notes-

The music is amazing and if anyone knows if it's available please let me know. It's the sort of thing that just transports you somewhere magical.

If you ever wanted to know how good Willem Dafoe is this is the thing to see. I never realized he was this good. Wow and Wow and Wow. (If they ever want to cast the Joker in a Batman movie and have him played like Cab Calloway sign up Dafoe)

If you have cheap seats you're much better off than the expensive ones. Because of the way the show is staged  if you're too close you won't see all of the composition of the images but only parts. Trust me on this cheaper-ie high up, is better.

Now that you know go see something truly amazing by going down to the Park Avenue Armory.

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