Marina Abramovic (L) and Carice Van Houten (R) in the music video for Antony and the Johnsons "Cut the World"
Though the song was written for the performance artist’s biographical play “The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic” directed by Robert Wilson, we’re hoping that the new music video for Antony and The Johnsons’ “Cut the World” isn’t completely true to life. In the moody, monochromatic short film by Nabil, Willem Dafoe (who narrated the earlier play) plays a chisel-featured CEO perched high in his corner office, staring pensively out the skyscraper window. The lovely Carice van Houten (known to TV buffs as the fiery priestess Melisandre in “Game of Thrones”), plays his secretary, who is seen crying after she walks out of Dafoe’s office. Antony’s ethereal voice floats over the scene.
The title of the song becomes extremely literal as the secretary slices Dafoe’s throat with a knife, a single tear falling disturbingly from her eyeball into his. As she exits the office, she encounters a group of anonymous figures also carrying bloodied weapons — among them Marina Abramovic herself, armed with a sword. The video may just mark a new high water mark in the whole snowballing art-music-pop culture zeitgeist.
To see Nabil’s “Cut the World” music video, starring Willem Dafoe, Carice van Houten, and Marina Abramovic, click below.