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The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic

“ The collaboration of music, light, sound, text and design is exceptional … simply beautiful.”
The Guardian (London)

​At the intersection of theater, opera and visual art, director Robert Wilson’s reimagining of performance artist Marina Abramović’s extraordinary life and work begins with her difficult childhood in former Yugoslavia, and chronicles her journey to the present day. Abramović, who plays herself as well as her imposing mother, is joined by world-renowned actor Willem Dafoe and singer Antony, performing original music and songs created for this ‘quasi opera.’

Premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2011, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic has played to sold-out audiences and rave reviews in Madrid, Basel, Antwerp and Amsterdam. For the Armory, Wilson is creating a new staging that uses the full sweep of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall to draw the audience in as though they are part of the story.

U.S. Premiere
Conceived and directed by Robert Wilson
With Marina Abramovic, Antony, and Willem Dafoe

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The Life and Death of Marina Abramović is commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid with Theater Basel, Art Basel, Holland Festival, Salford City Council and deSingel.​

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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