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10.08.14 Rhett Jones

Performance artist Marina Abramović wants to make a movie with provoc-auteur Lars Von Trier because he’s “the most disturbing director in (sic) this planet.” That does pass as flattery. Abramović is putting together an anthology film called Seven Deaths which will chronicle the demise of seven different heroines from famous operas. She wants a different director for each […]

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06.26.14 Marina Galperina

Several paintings and sculptures inside the Metropolitan Opera house at Lincoln Center have been spray-painted with obscenities, the NYPD says, suspecting an inside job motivated by labor disputes. “There was little or no permanent damage,” said a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Opera stated. “The New York City Police department is investigating.” Cops have also stated that the vandalism doesn’t […]

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02.11.14 Marina Galperina

Seven years in the making, five and a half hours long, shot with a cast of hundreds in an abandoned RV dealership in Los Angeles, a cathedral and defunct steel mill in Detroit, and a flooding replica of Norman Mailer’s house floating on a barge down the East River — Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s River […]

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12.09.13 David Cotner

Perhaps no other modern composer – Springsteen and Neil Young notwithstanding – has been linked to the events of 9/11 as inescapably as William Basinski. Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops were accidental recordings created in the early hours of that day as he transferred his collection of nearly 30-year-old tape loops to digital media. The aging black […]

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12.05.13 Marina Galperina

Virginia Tech has just staged the operatic works of Mozart within the indie sandbox video game Minecraft. Watch “OPERAcraft” above (it starts at 24:00) to see the live performance voiced by a group of Virginia Tech music majors from a four-story stage construction while a cast of Minecraft characters controlled by highschool students are projected onto 42-foot-by-26-foot […]

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04.18.13 Marina Galperina

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” Legendary weirdo, New York’s theater director Robert Wilson’s “Peter Pan” just premiered at the Berlin Ensemble. Do you want to hear what NY band CocoRosie sounds like à la Wilson? Here’s a bootleg clip of it. It’s not quite as epically soul-crushing Wilson sugests, telling ARTinfo Germany: …the original […]

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02.26.13 Marina Galperina

So, this one time, the Chinese Communist Party banned traditional Peking opera for being too bourgeois. And so, Chairman Mao Zedong’s wife Jiang Qing developed some model operas. Photographer Zhang Yaxin was one of the few people who was allowed to have color film. He was selected to document these very proper operas of very good comrades sprinting very properly across the stage […]

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11.30.12 Irina Dvalidze

Twenty years after Milli Vanilli‘s lip-syncing fiasco, they’re ba-a-a-ack. David Levine, the director behind Habit — a 90-minute single-act play that was performed on a loop for 8 hours/day — is the moving force behind Wow, a fittingly-dubbed experimental opera based on none other than our favorite 90s duo-disaster. Levine’s focus on Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus is not […]

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04.16.10 Marina Galperina

To find out whether his bad-luck hex is applicable to other entertainment mediums, Terry Gilliam is working on an opera. So is Mike Figgis. […]

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