Performance artist Marina Abromović to stage beautiful and baffling Sky Arts take-over

Celebrated performance artist Marina Abromović is taking over Sky Arts, the channel has announced, to tell the 100-year story of performance art in her own inimitable way.

Over the course of one evening, the artist will explore the origins of performance art and its evolution to modern day, showcasing live performance from the most diverse, exciting, emerging artists in the world. 

Conceptually, we’re promised a mix of new programmes and archive, plus live and ‘as live’ performance.

Marina will explore the big themes of the art form to which she has devoted her life, making connections between the human body, sculpture, film, music, fashion, advertising, dance, community, society, spirituality and even life and death. The result will be eye-popping, beautiful, baffling, funny, heart-stopping and mind blowing, says the channel.

The take-over will be eye-popping, beautiful, baffling, funny, heart-stopping and mind blowing, says Sky Arts…

The performance will contain elements of her own personal inspirations, from Dada and Salvador Dali to David Bowie, Cabaret Volaire, to Maria Calls, Surrealism to the Sex Pistols. This will culminate in a climatic final performance with mass participation led by Marina herself. The evening will not just educate and entertain Sky Arts viewers: it will shock, surprise, thrill and seduce, says the broadcaster.

“The world needs this art form now more than ever.,” says Marina Abromović. “It cannot change your life but it can open up a way to see it differently. This will be television as you’ve never seen before.”

Sky Arts continues to champion art and culture, recently becoming a free-to-air channel in the UK.

Abromović’s Sky Arts takeover will air on Sky Arts this December, produced by Northern Town. Executive producer Eddie Morgan says: “Performance art is maybe not for everyone, but we want to show it can be for anyone. We want to try new things. You don’t get to new places by following old roads.”

“This marks not only a first for Marina in transporting her art form to television performance, but a first for Sky Arts too, making us the first channel to ever grant an artist full control of a TV channel,” says Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts. “I’ll be handing the reigns over to Marina fully for the night. Gulp! I’m incredibly proud we’ve been able to make this happen and I’m excited to see what’s next for Sky Arts.”

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