Sunday, January 2, 2011
A pioneering storyteller whose ever-intriguing convergence of technology, violin, visuals, and voice creates spellbinding tales, Laurie Anderson is “a singer-songwriter of crushing poignance — a minimalist painter of melancholy moods who addresses universal themes in the vernacular of the commonplace.” (Rolling Stone) At the heart of this new multimedia work, which was presented for the first time at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games, is a simultaneously contemplative and whimsical epic about longing, memory, and identity. Conceived as a series of short mystery plays, Delusion jump-cuts between the everyday and the mythic, evoking a world filled with nuns, elves, rotting forests, ghost ships, archaeologists, dead relatives, and unmanned tankers. Employing a series of altered voices and imaginary guests, Anderson combines her signature violin pieces, electronic puppetry, music, and visuals with the poetic language that has become her trademark.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 5pm at the Michigan Theater (Penny Stamps Speaker Series)
Friday, Jan. 14 at 8pm
Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8pm
at the Power Center, University of Michigan