Genre-Bending Artist Laurie Anderson Returns to UCLA Live with ‘Delusion’ Oct. 21

Laurie Anderson returns to UCLA Live’s Royce Hall Thursday Oct. 21 with the Los Angeles premiere of her newest multimedia stage work, titled Delusion.

Marking Anderson’s sixth appearance at UCLA Live, Delusion employs the genre-defying exploits audiences have come to expect from the groundbreaking multimedia artist, combining violin, electronic puppetry, music and visuals. Conceived as a series of short mystery plays, Delusion encompasses Anderson’s colorful and poetic language to tell stories ranging from the mystic origins of the Russian space program to theories of time and speed, tales of mythic ancestors, silence and animals. Backed by a trio of musicians, Anderson performs Delusion’s two main characters, herself and Fenway Bergamot. “The electronically altered voice I’ve used for many years, the one that turns my voice into a male voice, has been gradually evolving onto a more nuanced one,” Anderson says of her Bergamot character. “I’ve written Delusion as a conversation between that voice and my own.” Two pieces from Delusion are drawn from Anderson’s critically acclaimed record, Homeland, released in June 2010. Anderson is known for her innovative use of technology and multimedia as a writer, director, vocalist and visual artist whose works span the worlds of theater, art and experimental music.

Her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. Delusion was originally commissioned by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver and Barbicanbite 10, London. The piece debuted February 17, 2010 at the Olympics in Vancouver. Anderson opened BAM’s 2010 Next Wave Festival in New York this week with Delusion, where it will run through Oct. 3.

Single tickets are on sale now. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, Thursday, October 21 at 8 p.m.

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