Film

River of Fundament

 
World Premiere
Dinner Option
 
Feb 12—Feb 16, 2014
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
BAM Harvey Theater
 
RUN TIME: 5hrs 52min (including two 20min intermissions)
SUBSCRIPTIONS START AT  $16
FULL PRICE TICKETS START AT  $20
 
 
 
This film contains extreme adult content. It is not appropriate for ages 17 and under. Gallery seating is only accessible by 70 stairs. 
 
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A film by Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler
Produced by Matthew Barney and Laurenz Foundation

Visionary artist Matthew Barney makes his BAM debut with the world premiere screening of River of Fundament, a radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.

The film’s central scene is an abstraction of Mailer’s wake, set in a replica of the late author’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights and featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, Elaine Stritch, Ellen Burstyn, Joan La Barbara, and jazz percussionist Milford Graves. Alluring and intense, this epic, multidimensional experience is a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape.

Written and directed by Matthew Barney
Music composed and directed by Jonathan Bepler

River of Fundament is presented worldwide on behalf of the artist by Manchester International Festival.

Read the BAM program notes for River of Fundament

The Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater is made possible by
The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust

 
 
 
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Turkey, Provolone, and Pickled Vegetable on a Pretzel Roll, Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts, Fresh Baked Cookie, Bottle of Water

Dinner boxes can be ordered until 4pm the day before your screening and picked up at the concessions bar at the BAM Harvey Theater before the show or during intermissions.

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Artists
Matthew Barney
 

This visionary New York-based artist is best known for The Cremaster Cycle.

 
 
Artists
Jonathan Bepler
 

This multi-instrumentalist and composer has collaborated with choreographers and artists. 

 
 
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