Bjork : Paris Grand Rex
Matmos, Eskimos and a 60 piece orchestra accompany Bjork as she kicks off her world tour...More on
An unnerving, absurdist set by Matmos - which included the duo setting about an amplified birdcage with violin bows - has set the tone. A 60-piece orchestra, suddenly appearing in the pit as the musicans turn on the lights above their music, emphasises the fundamental non-rockness of the event. ThenBjork, wearing black tights and a peacock-shaped dress, sits down to play one of two glass music boxes as fake snow falls around her. Matmos reappear, dressed in white, to work the computers; a 15-strong Inuit choir take their place at the back of the stage; a harpist sidles in from the wings, the lights go up and everyone bursts into an overwhelmingly sensual 'All Is Full Of Love'.
It's a love thing, and it's also a female thing - Bjork's delighted, abandoned dancing at the audience's response further than ever from your average arrogance rock stance. But there's nothing soft about Bjork's determination to see her vision through to the end, without compromise. This was music performance at the very highest level, disaparate elements tied together in combination no-one else could have even considered.
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