U.S. Premiere of MASSIVE ATTACK V ADAM CURTIS to Open 9/28 at Park Avenue Armory
The U.S. premiere of Massive Attack V Adam Curtis will open at Park Avenue Armory September 28. The epic work, created by film maker Adam Curtis and Robert Del Naja, will run through October 4 and is a co-commission of Park Avenue Armory, Manchester International Festival, and Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts.
Robert Del Naja from the legendary English band Massive Attack and the radical film maker Adam Curtis have worked together to create an epic experience unlike any other. Music and film are woven together with personal stories and the grand sweep of history to conjure up a rich and multilayered experience. Intense volume and giant multiple screens completely envelop the audience in a mesmerizing and overwhelming sensory extravaganza that also carries a powerful political argument.
The overall narrative of the show tells the history of the last 50 years in a totally original way. It describes the transition from a world inspired by an optimistic vision of the future to today's fearful and risk averse, managed society.
In a vivid and emotional way the narrative shows how we have tried to build a bubble to protect us from all possible future dangers and keep us safe from harm. But it will also show how, in order to do this, we have turned back to the past, constantly mining its data, looking for patterns, to create a predictable and unthreatening future.
A future without accidents of chance and unforeseen consequences.
But this itself has had the unforeseen consequence of trapping us in a constant feedback loop of the past, where nothing genuinely new can ever be imagined. The dead sing on forever, the recorded images are replayed over and over again. And we are always being offered more of what we had yesterday - if you liked that then you will love this.
The very experience of the show leads the audience to see that we have created for ourselves a world that is haunted by the past - trapped in a sarcophagus of giant screens which continually replay our own past desires to us. A sarcophagus that keeps us safe - but prevents us from moving forward and changing the world for the better.