Pic: Clive Osbourne/MoMA.com
When The Crying Light was presented at the Manchester Opera House in 2009, it left those Antony and the Johnsons fans, like myself, who weren’t able to witness the musician take to the stage in such spectacular delight, wishing for the chance that this magic would be repeated.
That chance has come now, with the Museum of Modern Art having commissioned the artist to conceive, produce and perform a large-scale concert and performance event, entitled Swanlights at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It will feature a 60-piece orchestra, and is considered an evolution of The Crying Light, which was staged as part of the Manchester International Festival.
According to MoMA, it will be “a meditation on light, nature and femininity,” and will include songs from all four of Antony and the Johnson’s albums (including the Mercury-Prize winning I am a Bird Now), organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1.
The relationship between Antony and MoMA goes back to when the The Crying Light performance was included in the exhibition 100 Years (version #2, ps1, Nov 2009) at MoMA PS1 and when Antony was the musical director and a performer for The Life and Death of Marina Abramović.
Swanlights: Antony and the Johnsons will be staged on 26 January 2012 at Radio City Music Hall. For more details, click here.