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The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic

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TotallyEffed
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The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
Posted: 12/16/13 at 02:50pm
I had the intense pleasure of seeing this at Park Avenue Armory. Robert Wilson is a true theatrical genius and the imagery in this show is unforgettable. As a huge fan of both Marina and Wilson, it was thrilling for me to watch this incredibly theatrical show unfold. The lighting, music, movement, and performances are magical. The space is also incredible and very beautiful. I was surprised no one had made a thread about this yet...check it out if you have the opportunity. It is like nothing I have ever experienced.

Updated On: 12/16/13 at 02:50 PM
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Kad
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The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
Posted: 12/16/13 at 03:55pm
I found the first act to be an incredible test of patience. The second act was better, but not by much.

For an artist whose reputation was made on pushing the emotional and physical boundaries of her body, I was disappointed by how safe the whole thing was. And non-revealing.

At the end, I found it outrageously self-indulgent and exemplifying of every cliche criticism of this sort of art.
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TotallyEffed
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The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
Posted: 12/16/13 at 04:09pm
There's also that perspective.
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joined:3/31/06
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
Posted: 12/16/13 at 08:22pm
I saw this in Toronto-I found it had wonderful moments and mind numbing moments. It's completely Wilson's creation-Abramovic is not to blame. Her act of daring was turning the reins completely over to Wilson. He failed her on some levels. She gave him complete artistic control.

I adore Abramovic and found the most effective moments were when Antony was singing. The music was great.

I think part of the endurance piece was on purpose. Wilson wanted the audience to be tested.
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joined:2/3/09
The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic
Posted: 12/16/13 at 10:42pm
I'm so glad someone posted about this. I saw it in Toronto too & was really frustrated. I tried to learn more about Robert Wilson & I'm still confused. What's the purpose of testing an audience? Is it making a statement about patience? It felt so inaccessible. For people who liked it, what did you get from it?

 
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