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Antony and the Johnsons reveal cover art for The Crying Light

posted Dec 12, 2008, 9:54 AM by Vu Nguyen
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Antony and the Johnsons reveal cover art for The Crying Light

Announce Release Date and World Tour

Antony and the Johnsons have revealed the cover art for the forthcoming full-length, The Crying Light.  Following a natural progression from the Another World EP, the album art features a 1977 portrait of renowned Butoh dancer, Kazuo Ohno, taken by Naoya Ikegami in Tokyo.  Ohno is shown reaching towards light, his striking visage and reclined posture echoing elements of cradle and the grave. Life, death, and transcendence are effectively invoked in one image.

Antony says, "My new album "The Crying Light" is dedicated to the great dancer Kazuo Ohno. In performance I watched him cast a circle of light upon the stage, and step into that circle, and reveal the dreams and reveries of his heart. He seemed to dance in the eye of something mysterious and creative; with every gesture he embodied the child and the feminine divine. He's kind of like my art parent."

The Crying Light will be released on Secretly Canadian on January 20th followed by a series of US and European tour dates (dates below).  The tour, which goes through the end of February, includes stops at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville as well as the historic Vic Theatre in Chicago and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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02/02:  Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
02/03:  Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
02/04:  Columbus, OH @ Southern Theatre
02/07:  Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
02/08:  Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/12:  Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
02/13:  Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
02/14:  Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre
02/17:  Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/19:  New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/20:  New York, NY @ Town Hall
02/22:  Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
02/24:  San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
02/27:  Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
02/28:  Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

03/15:    Bergen, Norway @ Griedhallen
03/17:    Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
03/19:    Stockholm, Sweden @ Cirkus
03/21:    HeIsinki, Finland @ House of Culture
03/26:    Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falkoner
03/28:    Ancona, Italy @ Teatro delle Muse
03/29:    Rome, Italy @ Auditorium il Parco della Musica
03/31:    Florence, Italy @ Teatro Politeama Pratese
04/01:    Milan, Italy @ Sala Verdi Conservatorio
04/04:    Zurich, Switzerland @ Kongresshaus
04/09:    Paris, France @ Le Grand Rex
04/13:    Brussels, Belgium @ Bozar
04/15:    Barcelona, Spain @ Palau de la Musica
04/23:    Munich, Germany @ Postpalast
04/24:    Berlin, Germany @ Adimiralspalast
04/27:    Frankfuhrt, Germany @ Alte Oper
04/29:    Warsaw, Poland @ National Theatre
05/01:    Krems, Austria @ Donaufestival
05/03:    Eindhoven, Netherlands @ MC FritsPhilips
05/05:    San Sebastian, Spain @ Kursaal Auditorium
05/07:    Murcia, Spain @ Auditorio de Murcia
05/11:    Madrld, Spain @ Palacio de Congresos
05/14:    Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseum
05/16:    Braga, Portugal @ Teatro Circo
05/18:    Porto, Portugal @ Coliseum
05/21:    Brighton, UK @ Dome
05/22:    Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
05/24:    Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
05/25:    Edinburgh, UK @ Play House
05/27:    London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
05/29:    Gateshead, UK @ The Sage
05/31:    Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St
06/01:    Belfast, UK @ Waterfront