Kanye West, Painted Silver, Debuts New Opera Mary On A Barge In Miami

Kanye West has moved on to his second “opera” of the year, Mary, which he announced last week would take place on Sunday afternoon in Miami as the city’s Art Basel festival wraps up. Tickets went for $200. His first opera, Nebuchadnezzar, debuted last month in Hollywood.

A press release heralded Mary as “an original opera, based on the biblical story of the miraculous events surrounding the brith of Jesus Christ,” continuing on:

The Books of Matthew and Luke recount the story of Mary, who was divinely chosen by God to bring forth the Messiah… West’s Mary brings together elements from different worlds — including opera, fine art, modern dance, and gospel music — to create a new visual interpretation and innovative performance structure.

As with West’s first opera, Mary was directed by the performance artist Vanessa Beecroft and included members of the Sunday Service collective.

The event took place at the Miami Marine Stadium, a water sports stadium that was abandoned a few decades ago but is in the process of being renovated. From the few glimpses that have emerged from Mary so far, it appears that it largely took place on a barge in the water that was covered in sand and filled with people (including West) dressed in all silver. There was also, at some point, a woman dressed in a shade of Statue Of Liberty green.

Performances included Sunday Service-ified versions “Devil In A New Dress” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” A program from the event that was circulating showed that there were twelve separate “scenes.”

Watch some clips from Mary below.

Another Sunday Service event is scheduled to take place at the iTech school in Miami later tonight.