has commissioned Antony and the Johnsons to perform Swanlights, on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26th performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, Swanlights includes songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons’ albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1. Klaus Biesenbach spoke with today about the upcoming event.
We are happy to announce that the "Swanlights" 10" is now available through Record Store Day . Digital downloads of the EP will be available April 26th and a CD version is to come.
Here's 2 young people from Malawi who went to jail yesterday for up to 14 years in a "hard labour work camp" convicted of "unnatural acts and gross indecency." One is 20 yrs old, the other is 26. That one on the right especially looks like some kind of angel. Across Africa it seems the right wing are seeking to kill, jail and discriminate gay and transgender people. They are calling for the execution of gay people in Uganda.
ANTONY AND MATTHEW HERBERT AT SUMMER FESTIVALS: Antony and the Johnsons will play the Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday April 19th. Antony has collaborated with avant-garde composer and electronics wiz Matthew Herbert. The duo will present stark electronic re-imaginings of songs from Antony and the Johnsons' new album "The Crying Light".
SHORT ESSAY ONDr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Rosemary …
Consider for a moment the way most of us in our society are lucky enough to be sitting in a warm, safe, clean office or classroom each day, surrounded by all the material things we take for granted. Then consider the 200 million children around the globe who have barely enough money for survival, that have been made to enter the workforce simply to keep their families alive. While they work in extremely unhealthy and unsafe conditions, in jobs not fit at all for little children, our kind of life isn’t an option for them. Dream large is not what they’re told. They are just focused on surviving in the appalling conditions they live in. This is not just a few, but more than 200 million children we are talking about, some barely four years old, who don’t have the basic rights that children should have. So I think it’s time, firstly, that we were made more aware of what suffering is actually out there because of child labour, and secondly, I think it’s time our government took on more responsibility in providing aid to these disadvantaged countries, so these children can live their lives just as you and I are trying to live ours.
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There are endless stories that could be told about the miserable working conditions these child labourers endure, such as those working in brick kilns making bricks from dawn to dusk, for only a few cents a day, or those who are physically and verbally abused by employers. Stories even more shocking are of children like Nagashar, a labourer in a carpet factory with scars all over his body, including his voice box, where he’d been branded with red hot irons for trying to escape. This treatment is sadly what is normal in the factories and workplaces that exploit children. Their treatment is bad, but the work they are forced to do is often even more dangerous, some little children working in factories where they have to mix gunpowder for firecrackers, or sort through used syringes from hospitals. Hardly any payment, abuse by their employers and dangerous, unsafe jobs are the conditions in which children work in many developing countries. “It was like a prison, we worked from 5 a.m. until midnight making carpets and we slept among the machines” – a quote from one little child, Kumar, that truly expresses such misery. This is not just facts statistics, it’s real children. The truth is, child labour is a form of child abuse.
To add to this unhappy reality, these children miss out on having a normal childhood when they’re forced to work from such young ages and don’t receive the education they should. How is it fair that children are sitting on the ground 12 hours a day, sewing soccer balls for famous brands, soccer balls shipped off to other countries perhaps for people like you or me to buy, and these children sitting on the ground sewing soccer balls will never have the chance to buy one for themselves. Because this is their childhood, this hard gruelling labour is how they are growing up.
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Unfortunately, child labour is closely associated with poverty. So even though the right to education has a central place in human rights, many poor families are unable to afford school fees or other school costs. The family then sends a child to work to contribute to the household’s income. Children as young as four are forced into factories, and so they miss out on education. But, more than ever today, children need a good quality education and training to acquire the skills necessary to help lift themselves out of poverty. When children who’ve had the benefits of education grow up, they are more likely to choose to send their own children to school. So investing in education is a sound economic decision. This is why I believe it is so important for our government to take on more responsibility in aiding poorer countries so they can send their children to school, not a factory.