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“You can’t choreograph death, but you can choreograph your funeral,” she said.

“When you get a retrospective or the kind of lifetime achievement awards I’ve been given recently, you’re expected to die,” she added, an impish grin spreading across her impeccably made up face. “I’m expecting to stick around a bit longer.”

Given the sheer number of projects she is negotiating, Abramovic would have to stay a lot longer. In addition to a foundation in the former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro to help foster the next generation of performance artists and a collaboration with actor James Franco, Abramovic says she’s doing research for a piece that’s to debut in Rio during the next World Cup, which Brazil is hosting.

“I’ll be back in 2014,” she said. “You won’t be able to miss me.”