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Laurie Anderson Residency: The Language of the Future

Three new and exclusive performances at the National Concert Hall

Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th & Monday 15th May 8.00pm

Laurie Anderson

Room: Main Stage
Prices: €35, €30

In May 2017, one of the seminal artists of our time, Laurie Anderson will take up a unique residency at the National Concert Hall.

This residency will see her create and debut three new performances exclusively at the Hall as part of her ongoing work, The Language of The Future.

Laurie Anderson says "Being at least a quarter Irish - and who really knows how much more?- I have always felt at home in Dublin. It's the only city I know where everyone uses the language as an art form. And I mean starting with the taxi driver who picks you up at the airport. We begin the language dance. The put on, the shaggy dog, the put upon. Heaven.”

We are delighted to confirm the programmes and guests for each other Laurie's three performances

Language of the Future

Saturday 13th May  | Main Stage, 8.00pm
“The Language of the Future is a performance of stories and songs that aspires to look at and analyze current events in the light of how stories are told in media as well as in personal histories. Ever changing, this work gets its title from a story about a plane crash from the 1983 multimedia work United States that ends with the pilot telling the passengers, ‘Put your hands over your eyes. Jump out of the plane. There is no pilot. You are not alone. This is the language of the on again off again future. And it is digital’.   With the addition of film and electronics the evening looks at stories through many filters.” Laurie Anderson

Heart of a Dog

Saturday 13th May | The Studio, 6.00pm
"Hello, little bonehead. I'll love you forever." So begins HEART OF A DOG, Laurie Anderson's cinematic journey through love, death and language.

Centering on Anderson's beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, HEART OF A DOG is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her.

Fusing her own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like visual language out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told — and how we use them to make sense of our lives.

Free to ticket holders of main stage events and available on a first come, first served basis from 5pm on the evening


Talking Book

Sunday 14th May | Main Stage 8pm
Talking Book is a collection of stories from Laurie Anderson’s forthcoming booking book All the Things That I Lost in the Flood that will be published in Autumn 2017 published by Rizzoli.

“A collection of puzzles, letters, snippets, grand theories, gossip and love songs, Talking Book is - among other things- about the relationship between language and loss.” Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson: Public Interview: On Art & Politics

Sunday 14th May | The Studio 6.00pm
Irish Times journalist Tony-Clayton Lea hosts a conversation with Laurie Anderson on art and politics in present day America.

Free to ticket holders of main stage events and available on a first come, first served basis from 5pm on the evening


Monday 15th May | Main Stage, 8.00pm
“I have been playing with Rubin Kodheli for the last year and we have done many kinds of concerts- collaborating on a live show Songs from the Bardo with Tenzin Choegyal (which will be released on CD and vinyl next year), and evenings with stories and collaborations with musicians as various as the Kronos Quartet and jazz bassist Christian McBride. The sound we create together- a hypersonic new kind of stringed instrument - is a wild and free wheeling hybrid of musical worlds. We're excited to be joined by the wonderful hardanger player Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh. That will make a total of 19 vibrating strings.” Laurie Anderson

Cellist Rubin Kodheli composes music for modern dance, orchestras and chamber ensembles and contributed compositions to the widely acclaimed film Precious (2009). He also writes music for his band Blues in Space, a band consisting of electric cello, electric bass and drums. Mr. Kodheli has performed with many artists, including Dave Douglas, Henry Threadgill, Meredith Monk and Tom Harrell.  Mr. Kodheli, who has worked with Laurie Anderson for the past year, recently performed a concert with Ms. Anderson and Christian McBride at Town Hall as part of a new series called Improvisations.

Arguably the most exciting and innovative traditional musician of his generation Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10- string fiddle called the hardanger d'amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in duos with Dan Trueman, Mick O'Brien and Brendan Begley, and as a member of The Gloaming and This is How We Fly.

Quartet For Sol LeWitt and other quartets

Monday 15th May | The Studio, 6.00pm
A special pre-concert durational performance of the quartet Laurie Anderson wrote for her teacher Sol LeWitt with imaging alongside the European Premiere Shutter Island by which was commissioned for “Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire” Performed by members of Crash Ensemble.

Free to ticket holders of main stage events and available on a first come, first served basis from 5pm on the evening

Renowned for her inventive use of technology - from her 1981 hit O Superman to her appointment as NASA’s first artist-in-residence - Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most daring creative pioneers. Her eclectic, multidisciplinary career has spanned the worlds of art, theatre and experimental music and has seen her create works as a writer, director, visual artist and vocalist. Most recently Anderson has garnered acclaim for her first feature film in almost 30 years - Heart of a Dog - which reflects on the deaths of her husband Lou Reed, her mother, her beloved dog, and such diverse subjects as family memories, surveillance, and Buddhist teachings.

The Language of the Future is the latest chapter in Laurie Anderson's ongoing exploration of the American narrative and how we tell it. Anderson's work crosses borders between dreams, reality and the elusive world of information. Known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology, Anderson spins offbeat adventure stories with her characteristic wit and poignancy.

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