Transferring from New York’s The Shed, Björk’s ambitious environmental fable will come to London, Glasgow and Dublin this November
Björk has announced that her Cornucopia show – first performed as part of a residency at New York’s The Shed earlier this year – will come to London, Glasgow and Dublin this November, playing at the O2, Hydra and 3 arenas respectively.
Cornucopia, a magical environmental fable played out to the Icelandic artist’s songs past and present, sees Björk collaborate with numerous creatives across various industries, including filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, who directs, digital artist Tobias Gremmler and frequent collaborator and co-creative director James Merry. Costumes are designed by Olivier Rousteing of Balmain and Belgian couturier Iris Van Herpen. “There is nothing more magical than seeing her in one of my pieces,” the latter told AnOther earlier this year.
The ambitious performance itself imagines the future of the earth via sweeping visuals and a 360-degree soundscape, providing an immersive backdrop for Björk to perform alongside an Icelandic choir and an all-female group of flautists. “Cornucopia has a proper stage and a catwalk, so it is aiming to entertain; to serve, perhaps, a disillusioned post-climate-changer,” Björk explained in a recent interview with Dazed. “It is trying to be a dream one can watch from afar, so I guess the relationship between the audience is different.”
Some of these themes were also explored in Björk’s guest-edit of AnOther in May, which included an extract of a conversation with Maggie Nelson, a story about pre-atmosphere earth by Italo Calvino and extracts from Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain.
Pre-sale tickets for the UK and Ireland shows go on sale this Thursday, August 8 at 10am, with a general sale following the next day.
Cornucopia will play in London, Glasgow and Dublin this November.