The US premier of Antony and Charles Atlas' film documentary will screen November 11th as part of at the SVA theater in NYC. For ticketing and theater information please see . Further screenings will take place at IFC Cinema in NYC from November 16th - 22nd. More information on these screenings to come. will have it's Austrian premier at the Vienna International Film Festival on November 3rd and 4th. For further info please see .
Please read this amazing . For me, Thich Nhat Hanh is now one of our most important world leaders. He is like an artist in the way he has embodied his beliefs, and speaks so poetically and yet straight-forwardly about our future on the planet. He sees our inability to care for the earth as an indication of our spiritual broken-ness. I love how he seems to talk about the spiritual world and the earth as the same place. - Antony
It was degrading to watch the articles in Variety, The Daily Telegraph, Pitchfork, Stereogum, etc. start to appear. Eclipsing earlier notices of congratulations, now the papers were naming me as one of two artists to have been “cut” by the Academy due to “time constraints”. In the next sentence it was announced that Dave Grohl, not nominated in any category, had been added to the list of performers.
I was told during my 20s and 30s there was no chance that someone like me could have a career in music, and this perspective was reiterated by so many industry “professionals” and media outlets that I lost count. I almost gave up. Thankfully, fellow artists like Lou Reed advocated for me so intensely that I got a foothold despite the worst intentions of others. In that sense, I am one of the luckiest people in the world.
I enjoy that wild and reckless exhilaration that comes from naming my truth as best as I can; it is what Nina Simone might have called a “boon”. The truth is that I was not groomed for stardom and watered down for your enjoyment. As a transgendered artist, I have always occupied a place outside of the mainstream. I have gladly paid a price for speaking my truth in the face of loathing and idiocy.
"Today I am among a group of artists from NYC (some of whom are performing at this Meltdown Festival) who reject patriarchy in its myriad virulent and apocalyptic manifestations, and who advocate for a fundamental shift towards the feminine in all our systems and structures of governance. We have named this approach Future Feminism."
Antony recently said on his choices for Meltdown, "I want to create a kind of paradise. I want to walk through that forest and see and hear the hardcore beauty and strength in art and music that makes sense to me. The weather is changing and everybody knows it. I want to participate What is my relationship and responsibility to the world around me? Frontier expressions of emotion and beauty can be fantastic tools with which to enter that discussion."
Antony and the Johnsons will release CUT THE WORLD through Rough Trade August 6th and August 7th via Secretly Canadian. CUT THE WORLD is a collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band's 4 full length albums (SWANLIGHTS, THE CRYING LIGHT, I AM A BIRD NOW, S/T). Recorded in Copenhagen, DK with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, CUT THE WORLD features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony.
Last night was the first performance of Swanlights at The Melbourne Festival. Boy George guest appeared and will do the same tonight. Antony's exhibition Paradise is now open at the Melbourne Festival Arts Center. Paradise will be on display until Saturday October 27th. For more details plase click . This coming Tuesday, TURNING will have it's Australian premier at The Australian Center for the Moving Image as part of the Melbourne Festival. The screening will be followed with a Q&A. More details . In addition, Lynette Wallworth's film Coral: Rekindling Venue will be screened at the Melbourne Planetarium as part of the Melbourne Festival on Monday October 15th. For more information please see .
has commissioned Antony and the Johnsons to perform Swanlights, on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26th performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, Swanlights includes songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons’ albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1. Klaus Biesenbach spoke with today about the upcoming event.
ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: SWANLIGHTS will be staged for the first time in London at the July 25th and 26th. These performances will be backed by the Britten Sinfonia with arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose and Maxim Moston. This is a collaboration with set designer Carl Robertshaw, light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale and lighting director Emma Weil. For tickets please see .
A work-in-progress screening of Antony and Charles Atlas' tour documentary film TURNING is being presented at the closing night gala at on November 11th in Copenhagen. Click on the image above for further information on the screening.
In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas toured Europe with a concert and live video portrait of 13 women from New York City. The film TURNING explores the heart of that performance. Through its synthesis of Antony´s songs and unfurling video portraiture of the beauties who performed on stage, TURNING creates an intimate and cinematic experience exploring the themes of identity, transcendence and the revelation of essence.