Madonna is planning to “start a revolution of love.”
Calling her “MDNA Tour” completed after last night’s premiere of the concert film at the Paris Theatre in Manhattan, she revealed that her next project will involve New York photographer/artist Steven Klein.
The Material Girl teased that her next project was “secret,” showing a one-minute video that included images seemingly influenced by some of the violent acts dramatized on her tour, as well as footage of dance rehearsals.
“Are you ready to start thinking for yourselves?” she asked the crowd, in explaining the “secret project.” “Are you ready to stop caring about what other people have to say about what you do?”
When asked if there was a new song attached to the project, Madonna – dressed in homage to Marlene Dietrich, complete with top hat – said, “I’m not telling. It’s a secret.”
The project is reportedly about women’s struggles for civil rights around the world. Madonna and Klein have collaborated on major projects before, including the visuals for several of her tours and an art installation at Deitch Projects in 2003 called “X-Static Process.”
Madonna discussed the project after the premiere of her “MDNA Tour” film, which premieres on Epix Saturday night and will be released on DVD later this year. She watched the film surrounded by friends, including actress Debi Mazar, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, and designer Christian Siriano, as well as daughter, Lourdes, and son, Rocco, who appeared on the tour and in the film.
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She said having Rocco onstage during the show gave her a boost of energy and that he was “disconcertingly comfortable on stage.”
Madonna said that her favorite part of the tour were the rehearsals, which took place in a Manhattan studio and later at Nassau Coliseum, where she set up shop for nearly six weeks last spring. “The beginnings of a show are the most exciting, because you’re not sick of it yet,” she said, adding that the MDNA Tour, which was 2012’s top-grossing tour, bringing in more than $305 million for 88 shows, was the hardest she has ever done.
The strain became part of her inspiration, though, along with the “crazy events” in the world of the time, including superstorm Sandy, the trial of Russian activists Pussy Riot and the shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.
“The world needs to be inspired,” she said. “It’s my job – it’s all of our jobs – to bring people up, to raise people up.”
Here's the trailer for the "Secret Project."