ENO presents the UK premiere of River of Fundament. A radical deconstruction of Norman Mailer’s hypersexual novel Ancient Evenings, this epic film is the latest work by world renowned art visionary Matthew Barney in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler.
Barney and Bepler fuse elements of narrative cinema, live performance, sculpture, and opera, transforming Mailer’s story of ancient Egyptian mythologies to create a sprawling allegory of death and rebirth within the contemporary American landscape. Alluring, authentic and intense, this vast, multi-dimensional experience is interspersed with remarkable live performances filmed over six years, with a cast including actors Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Ellen Burstyn.
River of Fundament will be presented in the auditorium of the London Coliseum as part of an international tour of theatres and opera houses, and offers a rare opportunity to experience Barney’s unique vision and boundless visual imagination.
River of Fundament is presented worldwide on behalf of the artist by Manchester International Festival.
Advisory warning: Suitable for adult audiences only. Contains scenes of nudity and sexual imagery which some audiences may find disturbing.
Written and Directed by Matthew Barney
Music written and Directed by Jonathan Bepler
Produced by Matthew Barney and the Laurenz Foundation