The Life and Death of Marina Abramović

Sat 9 July, 2011

Sat 16 July, 2011

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Robert Wilson, Marina Abramović, Anonhi, Willem Defoe

Visually stunning, musically captivating and surprisingly warm, witty and human, this three-hour epic saw Marina Abramović hand her life, work and legacy over to legendary director Robert Wilson for him to remake entirely. Drawing audiences from all over the world to witness what was neither theatre, opera nor art, but a thrilling crossbreed of all three, The Life and Death featured spellbinding performances from all involved, including Hollywood mainstay Willem Dafoe, musician Anohni and Abramović. A life-changing experience for audiences and participants alike.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Teatro Real Madrid with Theater Basel, Art Basel, Holland Festival and Salford City Council. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Teatro Real Madrid and The Lowry. With thanks to Gerard Mortier for his collaboration and support.



Image Credit: Lucie Jansch


Wed 11 April, 2012 -
Sun 22 April, 2012
Teatro Real
Thu 12 July, 2012 -
Sun 15 July, 2012
Theatre Basel
Thu 28 June, 2012 -
Sat 30 June, 2012
Theatre DeSingel
Thu 21 June, 2012 -
Sun 24 June, 2012
Koninklijk Theater Carré
Toronto (Luminato Festival)
Fri 14 June, 2013 -
Mon 17 June, 2013
Trinity Bellwoods Park
New York
Thu 12 December, 2013 -
Sat 21 December, 2013
Park Avenue Armory

What unfolded was a series of masterly scenes. Stunningly lit with a coruscating soundtrack and a sublimely tender score… the tragic-comic vignettes flow gorgeously past your eyes and ears. By the end, the audience are on their feet. Many will have come here already aware they were entering the presence of genius. For those of us who discovered it for the first time, the night was even more special

The Independent

Direction, Set Design and lighting concept by Robert Wilson

Co-created with Marina Abramović

Musical director, composer, lyricist — Anonhi

Composer — William Basinski

Composer and Lyricist— Svetlana Spajic

Costumes — Jacques Reynaud

Associate Director — Ann-Christin Rommen

Lighting Design — AJ Weissbard

Dramaturg — Wolfgang Wiens

Sound Design — Nick Sagar

Make-Up Design — Joey Cheng

Video Design — Tomasz Jeziorski

Music Supervision & Music Mix — Dan Bora

Set Design Assistant — Annick Lavallée-Benny

Assistant Costume Design — Julia von Leliwa

Assistant Director — Thomas Hescott



Marina Abramovic, Ivan Civic, Amanda Coogan, Willem Dafoe, Andrew Gilchrist, Antony, lke Luyten, Christopher Nell, Kira O’Reilly, Antony Rizzi, Carlos Soto, Svetlana Spajic, Svetlana Spajic Group (Minja Nikolic, Zorana Bantic, Dragana Tomic)



Guitar, clarinet and percussion — Doug Wieselman

Piano, repetiteur and percussion — Gael Rakotondrabe

Electronics, electronic percussion and percussion — Matmos

Guitar and bass — Oren Bloedow

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