The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, With Willem Dafoe, to Play Luminato Festival

By Adam Hetrick
26 Nov 2012

Director Robert Wilson, Academy Award-nominated actor Willem Dafoe and songwriter Antony of Antony and the Johnsons will team up for The Life and Death of Marina Abramović as part of the 2013 Luminato Festival in Toronto.



The June 14-17, 2013, engagement marks the North American debut of the piece that explores the life and career of visionary artist Abramović, whose body of work spans visual art, photography, video, sound installations and live performance. In 2010 she received acclaim for Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present at the Museum of Modern Art, which invited members of the public to sit with her in silence. Each participant in the nearly three month-long exhibit was photographed.

Abramović and Dafoe ("The English Patient," "Platoon," The Idiot Savant), along with an international cast of actors and performance artists, will appear in the piece that will feature songs written and performed by Antony. Costumes are by Jacques Reynaud.

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, according to the Luminato Festival, "brings together the worlds of theatre, art and music to thrilling effect and features scenes from Abramović's life and career, from her Serbian childhood to her work as an internationally-acclaimed performance artist. Starting with Marina's biography, Wilson shows us the struggles of an artist to detach herself from her past and home to find her own voice, and the subsequent struggle once successful to combine her existence as an artist with a sense of love and feeling of home."

The Life and Death of Marina Abramović premiered at the Manchester International Festival and has been presented at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Holland Festival, Theater Basel and Art Basel in Switzerland and de Singel in Antwerp.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 30. Visit luminato.com.