Marina Abramovic

Posted on 26 April 2012

Marina Abramovic is know as the “grandmother of performance art”, exploring the audience to performer connectivity,mind possibilities, and a limitless body. Abramovic is a Belgrade-born New York-based Serbian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s.

Abramović is also the subject of an independent feature documentary movie currently titled “MARINA” that is based on her life and performance at her retrospective “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010. The film will be broadcast in the United States on HBO. In January 2011, Abramović was on the cover of Serbian ELLE, photographed by Dushan Reljin.

Marina Abramovic and Robert Wilson opened the opera “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic” in Madrid this April accolading strong reviews. The opera is about the life of Abramovic, a world renowned Serbian artist considered to be “the grandmother of Performance Art”. It is in English, with text by Robert Wilson. Marina Abramovic plays herself, staring in the production. The play shows representative scenes of the artist’s career and is a restating of the event staged in Manchester last spring. The event is currently at the Teatro Real Theatre in Madrid for the 2012 season.

The 64-year-old Abramović is starring alongside Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe in this stage event about her life and her imagined death. In this production she will utilize three coffins. One will contain her real body and two will contain fakes. No-one will realise which is real. They will be buried simultaneously in her home city of Belgrade, Serbia, plus Amsterdam and New York. The event utilises an international cast of actors and performance artists by joining them together in the cause of multimedia art.

The show features scenes from Abramović’s life and career, from her Serbian childhood to her work as a performance artist. Featuring original and traditional music, including songs written and performed by the incomparable Antony (Antony & The Johnsons), this ground-breaking show brings together the worlds of theatre, art and music to thrilling effect.

In closing, the artist has created the Marina Abramovic Institute in San Francisco. She is currently raising the money to open the Marina Abramovic Foundation for Preservation of Performance Art in downtown Manhattan. It will be dedicated to the performance, cataloguing and propagation of the form and, in the process, the immortalising of her name. Like one of her heroines, Maria Callas, she seems acutely aware of her own greatness.

~Jae JOseph

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