Carl Robertshaw collaborated with Anohni for her Crying Light, Swanlights and Hopelessness shows. This project exemplifies Carl's artistic approach and aligns with his motives.
Swanlights is a meditation in light, crystals, shadows and ghosts, underpinned by the themes of feminism and ecology. Carl collaborated with Light Artist Chris Levene and Lighting Designer Paul Normandale.
The critically acclaimed album, Hopelessness, built on the themes of ecology and feminism to also tackle the subjects of politics and religion. The staging focused on the female avatars delivering the songs with intent and context from their own backgrounds in stark contrast to Swanlights.
“The staging had the effect of translating one of Antony’s delicate but strong crystalline drawings into a dynamic, changing space and moving volume that transformed, like a living, breathing, otherworldly organism, before the audience’s eyes. While the impressive stage felt like a hightech animation, it was also like a fragile vision from the world that Antony sings about, a world that he sees as endangered. The impression was synaesthetic, incredibly beautiful and moving - somehow starkly feminine and magically true.”
Klaus Beisenbach, Chief Curator at Large of the Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1