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Enter the hauntingly beautiful world of Antony and The Johnsons

Details of the sounds and visuals in store for visitors to Swanlights.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

16 July 2013 at 3.50pm | Comment on this article

On 25 and 26 July acclaimed visual artist and musician Antony Hegarty will bring the acclaimed Swanlights to the Covent Garden Main Stage.

A unique performance piece by Antony and The Johnsons, Swanlights was originally commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and subsequently presented at Radio City Music Hall and the 2012 Melbourne Festival.

The piece, which is accompanied by Britten Sinfonia, includes songs from all four of Antony and The Johnsons’s albums as well as layered screen projections and rotating laser cones, providing a showcase for Antony’s unique and enchanting voice.

Read a review of Swanlights the album.

‘Singers make a noise that, in a pedestrian circumstance, would be considered totally inappropriate; they are expressing a fever of emotion that you wouldn’t usually do in public,’ says Antony. ‘It is also an act of empowerment and affirmation of your own set of values.’

Watch a discussion with Antony Hegarty and MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach.

A meditation on light, nature and femininity, the performance is produced in collaboration light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, set designer Carl Robertshaw and lighting director Emma Westerberg.

Swanlights will be performed on 25 and 26 July. Tickets are still available.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

16 July 2013 at 3.50pm

This article has been categorised Music and tagged Antony and the Johnsons, antony hegarty, by Antony and the Johnsons, Production, Swanlights

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