Laibach share new track ‘The Engine of Survival’ ahead of series of live dates

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(Photo by Ciril Jazbec) Laibach have shared a new track, “The Engine of Survival” ahead of a series of live dates that include several performances in October of their symphonic multimedia collaboration with Iranian composers, Alamut, based on a story from eleventh-century Persia as told by the Slovene writer Vladimir Bartol (1903 – 1967) which debuted last year. In November, the collective will embark on a third part of European ‘Love is Still Alive’ tour.

“The Engine of Survival” was originally written by Laibach collaborator and backing vocalist Donna Marina Mårtensson. It was then re-arranged by Laibach who renamed it “The Engine of Survival” referring to the lyric (“Love is the only Engine of Survival”) in Leonard Cohen’s famous track, “The Future” recently reinterpreted by Laibach.

The video for “The Engine of Survival” references a conceptual performance by Raša Todosijević, “Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj?”. Dragoljub “Raša” Todosijević (born 1945) is a Serbian artist from the first generation of neo-avant-garde artists of the so-called New Art Practice of the 1970s, one of the most prominent political performative artists of former Yugoslavia, alongside Marina Abramović. His conceptual works relate to rudimentary questions of history and our relationship to ideologies.

Laibach – Alamut performances

  • 14 Oct – Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom, Gallus Hall (SI)
  • 15 Oct – Trieste, Politeama Rossetti (IT)
  • 19 Oct – Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle (DE)
  • 22 Oct – Zagreb, Vatroslav Lisinski Hall (HR)

Laibach – Love Is Still Alive tour

  • 7 Nov – Luxembourg, Den Atelier, LUX
  • 8 Nov – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, UK
  • 9 Nov – Coesfeld, Fabrik, DE
  • 10 Nov – Heerlen, Poppodium Nieuwe Nor, NL
  • 12 Nov – Malmö, Moriska Paviljongen, SE
  • 14 Nov – Amsterdam, Melkweg, NL
  • 15 Nov – Nuremberg, Z-Bau, DE
  • 17 Nov – Glauchau, Stadttheater, DE
  • 18 Nov – Katowice, P23, PL
  • 19 Nov – Warsaw, Progresja, PL
  • 20 Nov – Prague, Hybernia, CZ
  • 21 Nov – Vienna, Arena, AT
  • 22 Nov – Bratislava, Majestic Club, SK
  • 23 Nov – Cluj-Napoca, FORM Space, RO
  • 24 Nov – Bucharest, Quantic Club, RO
  • 25 Nov – Bitola, NI Center for Culture, MK
  • 26 Nov – Sofia, Pirotska 5 Event Center, BG
  • 28 Nov – Novi Sad, Serbian National Theatre, RS
  • 29 Nov – Mokrin, Mokrin House, RS

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