As January 26 draws closer, Antony gears up for the debut of Swanlights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Months of preparation have led up to a single night, a single performance. The visual concert webs in and out of Antony’s dream world to portray the inner thoughts only someone as gifted and forward-moving as Antony could create in a tangible space. A MoMA commissioned event, Antony enlisted the help of several outstanding composers and lighting and set artists to make the show grow from a concert to an experience.
In Black and Gold: Antony, V Magazine dives into detail about the upcoming show and what exactly it means to Antony to perform such a production in the grandeur setting that is Radio City. “The scale of the production is less of a concern for the seasoned artist, who grew up performing in small East Village venues, than it is something to marvel at. ‘It’s funny because a lot of the songs are the same ones I performed at the Pyramid Club when I was 20 years old,’ he says. ‘To perform them with a symphony orchestra, in New York which is my home, is really rewarding.” Never forgetting his roots or the number of artists still struggling to survive, Antony comments on the fortune he as been granted as “a reflection of a great circle of cultural artists and performers, transgender people, and punk women.”