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Cal Performances' Zellerbach Hall
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720
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Laurie Anderson's "Delusion"
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2 reviews
0 stars
attended May 07 2010

We'd attended another Laurie Anderson performance a decade
ago, with which we were fairly mesmerized. The large projected
images, voice synthesizers, and penetratingly beautiful music,
from a device of Anderson's making - the effect was...continued

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85 stars
attended May 07 2010

Laurie Anderson's multi-media performances are always extraordinary and this was no exception. A series of commentaries and meditations, the last segment, about the death of her mother, was most affecting. The music encore she played with a...continued

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13 stars
attended May 07 2010

I have not seen Laurie Anderson in years. Well worth the wait. thought I would hear some of her older stuff, like Sharky, But was not dissapointed at all. Her story telling and music is out there, just go with it. Not a "sing along " concert. A...continued

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“A wizard behind a curtain, without the curtain.” —_The New York Times _
“Smart, funny, emotionally engaging, and flat-out beautiful—in short, everything you’d expect from an artist of Anderson’s stature and reputation.” —


At the heart of this new multimedia work from brilliant storyteller Laurie Anderson is the pleasure of language. Conceived as a series of short mystery plays and inspired by the breadth of Balzac, Ozu, and Laurence Sterne, Delusion bridges the everyday and the mythic, evoking a world filled with nuns, elves, golems, rotting forests, ghost ships, archaeologists, dead relatives, and unmanned tankers.

Employing a series of altered voices and imaginary guests, Anderson combines her signature violin pieces, electronic puppetry, music, and visuals, with the poetic language that has become her trademark to tell a complex story about longing, memory, and identity. The work comes to Zellerbach Hall following its debut at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.