Muses come in all shapes and sizes. Take Antony Hegarty, for example, the boundary-pushing musician who—along with his band the Johnsons and their neo-operatic sound—has been embraced by both the art and fashion worlds, collaborating with everyone from Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to Marina Abramovic.
Now the unconventional performer is set to star in Swanlights, a one-night-only “meditation on light, nature, and femininity” at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Antony and the Johnsons will perform songs from all four albums on January 26, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra. A new commission by MoMA curator and PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, Swanlights is shaping up to be a highlight of the winter season. “Antony’s tremendous talents are brought together in spectacular performances,” he said, “where lighting, costume, and of course an other-worldly voice, unite to create a truly transcendental experience for the audience.”
The New York Swanlights performance is a continuation of Hegarty’s outsized 2009 Manchester International Festival performance The Crying Light, in which he transformed the city’s opera house into a crystal cave.