ACROSS ALL STAGES: Laurie Anderson performs on the Gold Coast.
ACROSS ALL STAGES: Laurie Anderson performs on the Gold Coast.

Fearless artist makes her home at HOTA

IN A coup for the Gold Coast, fearless pioneer Laurie Anderson will be the first international artist in residence at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

One of the world's most prolific and unique performance artists, Laurie will perform a series of her incredible boundary-pushing works indoors and out at HOTA in June.

Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist and instrumentalist.

O Superman launched Laurie's recording career in 1980, rising to number two on the British pop charts and subsequently appearing on Big Science, the first of her seven albums on the Warner Brothers label.

As a composer, she has contributed music to films, dance pieces and a score for Robert LePage's theatre production, Far Side of the Moon.

Her film Heart of a Dog was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto film festivals.

Laurie began her artistic life as a painter and sculptor.

 

Avant-garde arts legend Laurie Anderson shows off her works in June on the Gold Coast.
Avant-garde arts legend Laurie Anderson shows off her works in June on the Gold Coast.

"For 40 years I have made drawings, music, paintings, installations, film, sculpture, electronic design, software, opera and theatre," she said.

"At the root of all of these works are stories. They are the engines. Stories and words are what I love most."

Over the course of her residency at HOTA on the Gold Coast from June 20 to 24, Laurie brings a series of performances, each promising a unique and immersive experience.

The Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo - or Tibetan Book of the Dead, is an ancient text used to guide the newly departed through states encountered between death and reincarnation - or liberation from the cycle of rebirth.

The international performer, singer Tenzin Choegyal, joins avant-garde legend Laurie on June 23 to present a musical interpretation of the treasured words and images of the ancient Bardo texts.

Concert for Dogs is composed of melodies, frequencies and riffs especially created to entertain dogs and their accompanying humans. Sound, music and voice combine to elicit moments of wonder and joy.

As part of this event on June 24 at HOTA's Outdoor Stage, there will be other quirky dog-related activities such as a "dogs that look like their humans competition", dog yoga and a special screening of the film Heart of a Dog.

In 2015 Laurie directed the film which was inspired by her terrier Lolabelle and dedicated to her late husband Lou Reed.

Laurie's recent book, All The Things I Lost In The Flood, Essays on Pictures, Language and Code is about all the things that represent her career, era and personal experience.

In her final performance as 2018 International Artist in Residence at HOTA, on June 24, Laurie engages in conversation about stories and language with local writers and artists.


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