My world is suddenly full of theatre! Over the years I have worked on many fabulous theatre projects, including a new work commissioned by the English National Opera, an extraordinary music theatre dance work presented by Peter Sellars at the Venice Biennale, and last year a Vanessa Beecroft performance in Germany for which I composed, performed and sang the entire score wearing nothing but a pair of red stilettos and a wig.
While my forthcoming theatrical projects don’t require such minimal costuming, they are every bit as exciting, innovative and daring…
Firstly, David J‘s fabulous production of The Chanteuse and the Devil’s Muse inches ever closer. Watch David’s Kickstarter video now, he talks about the project and will inspire you to help make it happen as beautifully as his brilliant imagination envisions.
As for my current theatrical project, today was the first day in New York of a two week run creating a new work at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on Broadway. It’s a collaboration between artists of many shades, with the songs of Eric Lindley illustrated through puppetry, animation, dance, acting, serious lighting and super hi-fi electronic triggering majiggery from the interactive video game technology world.
Expect fragile, delicate sadness cracked with bleak aching beauty, made smaller and all the more naive against our expansive skyscraper-encrusted background.
We’ll be experimenting together for the next two weeks, with Baryshnikov himself swinging by, and before I return to Los Angeles we’ll record a one-off performance as part of the plan to bring it to a theatre near you…
Here’s the main double page spread from the Vanessa Beecroft fashion shoot I was featured in over Thanksgiving in Frankfurt. The photo was styled by Vanessa Beecroft with fashion by Ursula Geisselmann, and the photo is by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mangiello.
I am wearing a fabulous leather Gucci Autumn / Winter 2011 jacket, and DKNY jeans customised by Anastasia Fite.
The magazine actually contains three photos of me – this double pager, and two others – one in a fabulous pair of shorts, and the other wearing only a pair of heels and a wig! They said what happened in Germany would stay in Germany, but apparently not it seems!
Anyway, the nudie and shorts shots are exclusively in the print edition, but here you can see more photos online, and there’s video footage of the shoot, including the sound of my playing live for the models to dance to (listen carefully, it’s the gently strummed strings coming through during the hair-tossing bit)
A leading conceptual performance artist, Vanessa Beecroft has exhibited at major galleries throughout the world, including London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Milan, Paris, Seoul, Miami, Chicago and the Venice Biennale.
She creates large-scale tableaux vivant of naked women. Her work is described as challenging, evocative, beautiful and empowering.
Since 1993, her work was presented in silence, with no background music, but in 2009, the silence was broken by Kanye West at the Ace Gallery in L.A. Now, the work is presented – for the first time – with sound integrated.
I collaborated with Vanessa at the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt on November 24. I performed music live as a brave and daring part of Beecroft’s work.
If you weren’t in Frankfurt, don’t worry… it was filmed. The artwork was also thoroughly documented for Wallpaper magazine, including a photo shoot in which I got to wear Summer 2011 Gucci and a pair of awesome Louboutin shoes.
To see films of Vanessa Beecroft’s past works, visit http://vanessabeecroft.com/ or watch this German TV news feature on the event, with a tiny shot of me interviewing one of the models.
The film of this work will be released in Spring 2011, entitled VB68.