Posted in music | pictures on September 23, 2010

photos by Rahav Segev, words by Andrew Frisicano

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Laurie Anderson's Delusion, the first production in this year's BAM Next Wave Festival, is in effect the artist opening up her notebook to the audience. The 90-minute work recounts dreams, stories, parables, musings, jokes and melodies strung together with moody cinematic projections. Some of the stories we've heard before, like "Another Day in America," a song intoned as Laurie's male alter-ego, from her stellar LP Homeland was was released earlier this year. Others - an emotional story about the death of her mother, sharp one-liners and surreal scenarios about the afterlife - were fresh from the workshop.

Above all though, Laurie's sonorous voice, and her ability as a monologuist to travel to different places (the moon, Iceland, dreams), drove Delusion. The metronomic brilliance of the words and cadences would've been enough to propel a one-woman show in any downtown space. Here, they were supported by the projections and stage elements - one main screen in the center, with a smaller projector focused on a covered seat, and two smaller screens on either side.

Her supporting cast loomed beyond those side screens: violinist Eyvind Kang and horn & reed player Colin Stetson. Their silhouettes, namely that of Colin's unmistakeable bass saxophone, rocked steadily behind the backlit screens as they added layers to the evening's instrumental moments. The pair peaked up mainly during Delusion's chaotic interludes, when a red light washed over the stage, evoking the landscape of hell, with Anderson the Mephistophelean figure guiding the madness.

Clearly, Laurie was having a good time on stage, during the goodtime moments, with a permanent grin and a wink. The wink, as we found out, might be genetic; it also speaks to her style of communication: subtle, everyday gestures that unfold in countless ways. "Not a lot of people know this but..." one of her stories goes.

Delusion is at BAM Harvey Theater through October 3rd, every day except Monday. Tickets are on sale.

More pictures from the show are below...

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Comments (14)

you sure that isn't hillary clinton?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:06 PM

2:06--Geez, what an idiotic comment, and one that smacks of some misguided attempt to be funny, clever, and ironic. What it really does is illustrate the narrow scope of your life experience and thought process. Do all older women look identical to you and therefore eligible for your feeble barbs? If so, man, you really need to get in touch with reality. Not funny, not clever, and not cool at all.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:26 PM

^ Overreact much lately?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:24 PM

^ I'm just sick of idiots, particularly BV idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:43 PM

^ Well then, go outside - it's a nice day...or get back to work.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:48 PM

baba ganoush

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:05 PM

Amazing that hummus didn't show

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:49 PM

... show up here


Sorry didn't complete thought.


Mr. Heartbreak rules.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:50 PM

all kidding aside, that's a really funny title for a post bv!

Posted by aaron | September 23, 2010 6:18 PM

I thought it was Hillary Clinton as well.
Or at least her sister.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 6:23 PM

It's kind of comforting to know that Lou Reed, who could probably fuck any 20something hot model with a hardon for Velvet Underground, would rather fuck someone who looks like the dyke version of himself.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:08 PM

Actually Lou Reed has a hard-on for Hillary Clinton, that's why he's boning Laurie Anderson.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:23 PM

9:08: The weird part is that Lou Reed is almost 70.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:43 AM

laurie anderson is actually hillary clinton and vice versa.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 1:07 AM

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