Regular readers of Assistant Blog will know that this site is nothing without regular, obsessive updates on the cultural whereabouts of Damon Albarn; so here’s this week’s helping.
This looks magnificent; the latest project from pop’s most versatile musician is ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’, a collaboration with Adam Curtis (who created the BBC’s magnificent ‘The Power of Nightmares’ series) and the Kronos Quartet. The website of the Manchester Festival, where the performance debuts this July, describes the project thus:
“Imagine walking into a disused building. You find yourself inside a film.
It is a ghost story where unexpected forces, veiled by the American Dream, come
out from the dark to haunt you…
It Felt Like a Kiss tells the story of America’s rise to power in the
golden age of pop, and the unforeseen consequences it had on the world and in
our minds. Beginning in 1959, the show spotlights the dreams and desires that
America inspired during the ’60s, when the world began to embrace the country
and its culture as never before. But as this daring production unfolds across
five floors, blending music with documentary and the disorientating whirl of a
fairground ghost train, the audience is forced to face the dark forces that were
veiled by the American dream – a dream that ultimately returns to haunt us
Awesome. More details here.