Avant-garde performance artist Marina Abramovic puts her own life story on the stage with The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, directed by Robert Wilson. World-renowned actor Willem Dafoe is cast as the narrator, and Antony Hegarty has composed mesmerizing original music. The second show is Joni: A Portrait in Song—A Birthday Happening Live at Massey Hall, a tribute to the songstress by some of the world's top stars. Feng Yi Ting is a short opera composed by Guo Winjing and directed by Atom Egoyan.
The Luminato Premiere series is a bargain when you consider what you get — three shows for as low as $154.50. These include New York's Mark Morris Dance Group's L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
A popular Luminato event is The New York Times Talks, a series of chats with cultural luminaries. This year's Luminato Times Talk will include director and artist Robert Wilson and actor Willem Dafoe interviewed by John Rockwell. Movie director Atom Egoyan will talk with Daniel Waken, and Joni Mitchell will chat with Jon Pareles. Architects Charles Renfro and Liz Diller will also take the stage with Robin Pogrebin.