Kanye West Paints Body White For “Mary” Concert
Earlier this week, Kanye West announced that he had another opera coming up on the way. Mary followed the Christmas nativity story in which Mary miraculously became pregnant and gave birth to Jesus in Bethlehem, welcoming royal visitors from distant lands for the occasion according to Pitchfork.
It was staged December 8 at the boat-racing arena Miami Marine Stadium, which looks out onto an expanse of water instead of astroturf.
Mary was originally slated for a 3 p.m. start time. The opera’s aquatic location made it accessible only via motorboat, and the performers loaded onto the stage around 4 p.m.
As was the case for Kanye’s debut opera Nebuchadnezzar, Mary featured new arrangements of older Kanye songs, including “Devil in a New Dress,” “Love Lockdown,” “Power,“ “I Thought About Killing You,” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” which was arranged for a brass section, choir, and what sounded like a Mellotron. It also included traditional Christmas songs like “O Holy Night,” “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” and “Drummer Boy.”
The chorus of performers once again wore matching robes, but this time, everyone was head-to-toe sparkling silver—even their faces and hands were coated in metallic paint.
Kanye and the choir performed on a floating barge at the Key Biscayne waterfront, where they stood between sand-colored mounds and re-enacted excerpts from the books of Matthew and Luke.
Throughout Mary, Kanye read gospel passages aloud, much like he did in Nebuchadnezzar, only this time he was among the performers, costumed in the same shining garment as his co-stars.
A select few performers donned a different colored robe, including the woman who portrayed the Virgin Mary—hers was a glittering seafoam green.