Antony and the Johnsons / Charles Atlas
TURNING combines the haunting and dramatic music of Antony and the Johnsons with a vivid visual backdrop provided by award-winning film director and video artist Charles Atlas. The live performance features a a simple yet moving orchestration from an ensemble of eight musicians alongside Antony, as well as video footage of fourteen NYC Beauties, whose intimate and hypnotic portraits whilst slowly turning onstage are captured, processed and projected by Atlas.
By combining Atlas innovative live video processing with Antonys vocal stylings, which have been compared to the likes of Nina Simone and Lotte Lenya, TURNING explores issues of innocence, metamorphosis, and transcendence in a visually dramatic and highly compelling format. TURNING was first performed at the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, 2004.
- 2006 Tour
Theatro Circo de Braga, Braga, Portugal
Palacio Municipal de Congresos, Madrid, Spain
Olympia, Paris, France
Barbican Centre, London, UK
Romaeuropa Festival, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
TURNING was created by Antony and the Johnsons and Charles Atlas in 2004. Tour produced by Forma and International Music. Co-commissioned by Fondazione Musica per Roma and Romaeuropa Festival 2006.
Anohni (formerly known as Antony Hegaty) is an English singer, musician and visual artist, and lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Her work is known for its connection to the queer movement and to environmentalist concerns. Anohni herself is multidisciplinary in her practice as an artist – not only does she perform and compose, but she also draws, sculpts and collaborates with other visual artists and photographers to create work. In 2015, Anohni was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, along with J. Ralph, for Manta Ray from the film Racing Extinction. Her debut solo album, Hopelessness, was released in 2016 to wide critical acclaim, including Mercury Music Prize and Brit Award nominations.
Charles Atlas is a video artist and film director. He is a pioneer in developing media-dance, also called ‘dance for camera’, and while his primary artistic medium is video, he has experimented with live electronic performance since 2003.
Background image: Antony and the Johnsons / Charles Atlas, TURNING, 2004