Antony Hegarty has always served as a sort of bridge between the worlds of visual art, performance art and pop music. On Thursday night, the singer’s many abilities found perhaps their fullest expression yet during a special performance commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art. Dubbed Swanlights, after the Antony and the Johnsons record of the same name, the performance paired Antony with a 60-piece orchestra, a laser light show and the commanding set design first debuted during his performance of The Crying Light at the 2009 Manchester International Festival.
Despite the rain, throngs of fans lined up outside of Radio City Music Hall for the sold out performance — even Antony collaborator Björk could be seen waiting outside the theater, as you can see in the gallery below. Once inside, fans were treated to beautifully orchestrated renditions of the most well-loved songs in the Antony and the Johnsons catalog. Clad in a white robe, Hegarty stood in the center of the stage, directly beneath a sculpture that resembled massive shards of broken glass, as colored laser beams traced the contours of the stage. While the performance likely employed more musicians and artists than any previous Antony show, the scale of the show did little to diminish the singularly haunting nature of Antony’s presence. Quite the opposite, in fact: for the entirety of the performance, Antony looked as if he were standing alone on the surface of some alien planet, that ethereal, mournful voice his only companion.
Check out photos from Antony’s Radio City Music Hall performance, below: