“Politicians are essentially storytellers. They describe the world as it is and also as they think it should be. As a fellow storyteller, it seems like a really good time to think about how words can literally create a world.” —Laurie Anderson
As election day looms, Laurie Anderson has a few things to tell us—things concerning Darwinism, feminism, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Willie Nelson, alien popes. Infused with her hallucinatory language, this intimate snapshot of the United States takes form as a collection of songs and stories both witty and soulful. Delving into politics, desire, and portraits of people and cities, Anderson weaves in eloquent leitmotifs and brilliantly conceived tangents to create a uniquely satisfying meta-narrative. A lush sonic landscape of violin and electronics rounds out this poignant picture of our contemporary American moment.
Copresented with Liquid Music, a new Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concert series.