Antony & The Johnsons are set to play two special shows at the Royal Opera House.
On record, Antony & The Johnsons are a special, keenly felt experience. Live, though, the group seem to come into their own, inspiring a deep, loving connection with their audience.
Teaming up with the Britten Sinfonia, the group have confirmed plans to perform two shows at the Royal Opera House. Titled 'Swanlights' the performance piece was debuted at New York's MoMA last year before travelling to Melbourne.
Orchestral arrangements are provided by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose and Maxim Moston, with the London show being produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, set designer Carl Robertshaw and lighting director Emma Westerberg.
Antony issued an extremely personal statement to introduce the show...
"It took so long for the Universe to dream of this place.
I thank the earth everyday for making me transgender, because it makes me like an animal, beyond the providence of Christians and patriarchies. I live on the outskirts of society, and I have become feral and intuitive.
Circles of mothers, please usher in an era of profoundly feminine governance. Let a circle expand across the world, through governments and businesses and homes and laboratories and prisons and schools.
Because I don't want your future. I hope when I die, that I never return to your world. I will go where the trees go, I will go where the wind goes, where the birds go; I will leave you all to enjoy the world that you are creating for your children.
I want then to be a dead body at the bottom of the lake. Gut me with sticks and stuff my body full of lavender crystals. I want my spirit to jump out of me, refracting in the crazy water. I will go with all my friends, the Wild Life.
When I find the Swanlights, my eyes cry species, casting green and gold upon the black water. When a horse jumped from a dolphin's body, a crystal white shard of living light pierced through my gut like a whaler's spear; it tore through my stomach, that revealing curse. Apollo calls his prey, and sirens sweat the bluebell's coarse toward thin spiral memories. I ache, the white plateau.... So grant me absence, that the golden threads may rise at last, my eyes dumb blind and donefold."
Tickets are on sale now.
Antony & The Johnsons will play the following shows:
25 London Royal Opera House
26 London Royal Opera House
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