Björk - Biophilia Live

Peter Strickland, Nick Fenton
GBR 2014
97 min

A voiceover by Sir David Attenborough starts the show, guiding us through the app-based concept album, which explores the relationship between music, nature and technology. The ambitious idea is matched by in-the-round staging that gives this aircraft hangar-like venue the intimacy of a theatre. An octagon of flatscreen TVs hover above a platform where Graduale Nobili, a 24-voices strong, all-female Icelandic choir wear self-conscious smiles and unflattering hooded tunics. Huddled around a central Tesla coil, they look like a cult imagined by Sofia Coppola, but sound wonderful as their voices soar over Óskasteinar.
When Björk appears, she doesn’t look much older than the fresh-faced teens, despite being 48. What sets her apart – aside from the huge, pastel-hued afro wig and a dress that looks like a lumpy pupa – is her boundless capacity to perform. Bouncing on her heels, her voice picks up on each twinkling tremor of “Moon” and every shuddering beat within “Crystalline”, her hands moving and head twitching in sync. (Betty Clarke)

In the presence of Peter Strickland.

  • Brett Turnbull
  • Björk
  • Addi 800
  • Nick Fenton
  • Björk
  • Iris van Herpen
  • Björk
  • Matt Robertson
  • Manu Delago
  • Graduale Nobili
Gloria Films, One Little Indian, The Wellcome Trust

Cinema Purgatorio

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