Marina Abramović seeks strong, silent types for MOCA
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Don’t be surprised if you see a casting call from Marina Abramović at your local yoga studio. The Yugoslavia-born, New York-based performance artist is looking for ‘performance artists, dancers, yogis and actors’ to participate in the gala event that she’s directing for MOCA on Nov.12. Auditions will take place Nov. 7-10 in downtown L.A.
According to the flier, Abramović is ‘seeking dynamic adult men and women, 5’– 6’ tall, with excellent physical stamina, focus and discipline.’ All ages welcome.
It also says: ‘sustained stillness and silence required,’ suggesting that the MOCA performance -- details are still under wraps -- will be well in keeping with Abramović's work testing the limits of individuals’ powers of concentration and society’s drive to undermine that.
So is nudity also required, as it was for her blockbuster MoMA retrospective? Only for ‘a small percentage’ of the women, it says.
Anyone interested in auditioning is being asked to submit head shots, full-length pictures or both by Nov. 2. Do note ‘your height and any previous performance experience, yoga practice, or martial arts training in your submission.’ Do not, it says, send nude pictures.
For more information, visit the artist’s Facebook page ‘Marina Abramović Auditions.’
ć by René Habermacher. Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles