Texas Performing Arts
September 20th and 21st
McCullough Theatre

     As the country prepares for the 2012 presidential election, Texas Performing Arts welcomes one of America's premiere artists - Laurie Anderson - to perform her intimate but volatile piece, Dirtday!  Anderson's riotous and soulful collection of songs and stories will take on politics, theories of evolution, families, history, and animals on September 20th and 21st in McCullough Theatre.
     "Politicians are essentially story tellers - they describe the world as it is and also as they think it should be," Anderson said.  "As a fellow story teller, it seems like a really good time to think about how words can literally create the world."
    Set against a detailed sonic landscape, the stories and music create a unique picture of a hallucinatory world made of dreams and reality. The third and last in her series of solo story works - which includes Happiness and The End of the Moon - Dirtday! is the culmination of Anderson's ground breaking work in this genre.
      Anderson remains one of America's most renowned - and daring - creative pioneers.  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.
    She launched her recording career in 1980 with "O Superman," 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. Other record releases include Mister Heartbreak, United States Live, Strange Angels, Bright Red, and the soundtrack to her feature film, Home of the Brave.
     Anderson has toured the United States and internationally numerous times with shows ranging from simple spoken word performances to elaborate multimedia events.  She has also published six books, and her visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the United States and Europe.
    In 2002, Anderson was appointed the first artist-in-residence of NASA out of which she developed her solo performance The End of the Moon - which premiered in 2004 and toured internationally through 2006. Other recent projects include a commission to create a series of audio-visual installations and a high definition film, Hidden Inside Mountains, for the World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan, helping create the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and debuting her newest solo performance, Delusion, at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010.
    Tickets for the Austin performances of Dirtday! are $56, with a limited number of $10 student tickets available.  Discounted tickets are also available for U.T. faculty and staff, seniors and military.
    McCullough Theatre is located at 2375 Robert Dedman Drive on the University of Texas campus.  Tickets are now on sale at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office, all Texas Box Office outlets - including most H-E-B stores - by calling (512) 477-6060 or (800) 982-BEVO and online at
Laurie Anderson
(Photo courtesy TPA)
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