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Event Archive - The End of the Moon ~ a new work conceived and performed by ~ Laurie Anderson: Laurie Anderson

Sun. November 14th 2004 7:30PM - 10PM The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (All Ages) 7:30PM - 10PM
$52/$45/$36 plus
Presented by: International Arts Initiatives, CBC, grunt gallery
International Arts Initiatives and the grunt Gallery present

The End of the Moon


a new work conceived and performed by

Laurie Anderson


Sunday, November 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts

“The world’s most famous performance artist”
(San Francisco Chronicle)



This fall, Laurie Anderson, one of the world’s most accomplished performance artists, will embark on a North American tour with a new solo work The End of the Moon. Anderson, who is currently serving as NASA’s first artist-in-residence, launches her 30 city tour on September 29th, and comes to The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts for one amazing show on Sunday, November 14th at 7:30 pm.

The End of the Moon is the second in a trilogy of new solo performance works that combine stories, songs, and music in an intimate and low-tech setting. Anderson’s new show will also include music for violin and electronics creating a “duet” between the spoken word and her signature musical sound.

Following the first piece in this series Happiness (2002) in which Anderson told stories about her time spent working at a McDonald's in New York City and living on an Amish Farm, the new work also draws upon Anderson's recent experiences and research. Part travelogue, part personal theories, history and dreams, “The End of the Moon” looks at the relationships between war, esthetics, spirituality and consumerism. Collectively, Anderson envisions this solo trilogy as an 'epic poem' which aims to paint a large picture of contemporary American culture.

For her new work, Anderson began examining the question, “Who taught you what beauty is?” Unable to provide an answer, Anderson set off in search of one. She began to delve into what people think of as “beauty” and began by embarking on a range of physical and philosophical explorations of the natural world. In addition to her travels as NASA’s artist-in-residence Anderson set off on a series of multi-day walks in various locations including Greece, France, England and Sri Lanka.

One of today’s premier performance artists, Laurie Anderson has consistently intrigued, entertained and challenged audiences. Anderson’s artistic career has cast her in roles as various as visual artist, composer, poet, storyteller, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist and instrumentalist. She has collaborated with other great artists of our time: notably William Burroughs, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Wim Wenders, Robert Lepage and Lou Read. In addition to this new work, Anderson has been commissioned to create a film as well as an audio-visual walk for 2005 World Expo in Aiichi, Japan. She also recently worked on the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Fearless, creative, insightful, fascinating – Laurie Anderson is a passionate artist whose work illuminates, challenges and thoroughly entertains. Her Vancouver performance promises to be the premiere concert event of the fall.

Tickets: Charge by phone 604-280-4444
$52/$45/$36 plus applicable venue and ticket service charges

Laurie Anderson (Performance Artist/Spoken Word)

This fall, Laurie Anderson, one of the world’s most accomplished performance artists, will embark on a North American tour with a new solo work The End of the Moon. Anderson, who is currently serving as NASA’s first artist-in-residence, launches her 30 city tour on September 29th, and comes to The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts for... more info
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