The Life and Death of Marina Abramović

By Robert Wilson and Marina Abramović

Premiered on July 9, 2011 at the Manchester International Festival, The Lowry, Manchester, United Kingdom

Performed in English.

At the intersection of theater, opera and visual art, 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 Abramović played to sold-out audiences and rave reviews in Madrid, Basel, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. For New York's Park Avenue Armory, Robert Wilson created a new staging that used the full sweep of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

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