Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Laurie Anderson Set To Bring Delusion To BAM Starting Tomorrow

Performance artist Laurie Anderson will open the 2010 BAM Next Wave Festival with Delusion. It's the New York premiere of the multi-media show. The details are below along with a video clip of Anderson discussing the show.

In Delusion, music redolent with Tibetan temple horns and Arabic strings is performed by Anderson on electronically enhanced violin with a supporting virtuoso ensemble and video imagery. Delusion's structure imitates the meandering nature of one’s personal thoughts, exploring themes from politics to personal loss—and touching on topics including the decline of the American empire, time, the mystic who started the Russian space program, punctuation, heritage—fusing the internal and external worlds into a mystical whole. Anderson shifts between her own voice and that of a male persona, Fenway Bergamot. Delusion's striking visual elements include Anderson’s animation, film sequences by noted cinematographers Maryse Alberti and Toshiaki Ozawa, and additional animation and overall video design by artist Amy Khoshbin. Performers include the composer/performers Eyvind Kang on viola and Colin Stetson on horns. Delusion includes two signature pieces of Nonesuch Records.

Delusion by Laurie Anderson
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
Sep 21—25, Sep 28—30, Oct 1 & 2 at 7:30pm
Sep 26 & Oct 3 at 3pm
Tickets start at $20
More info: http://www.bam.org/delusion