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Great books haunt Laurie Anderson’s bold experimental performances. From Moby Dick to The Tibetan Book of the Dead — works of literature are embedded in many of her films, stories and songs. In celebration of her own new book, All the Things I Lost in the Flood, join us for the west coast debut of a special one-woman show to witness how a book comes to life again as a performance. Through intimate storytelling and bold digital language, Anderson takes audiences on a tour of the creative process—noting both successes and failures– behind her many operas, projects, and installations.

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned – and daring- creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology.  As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music.

Her recording career, launched by “O Superman” in 1981, includes the soundtrack to her feature film Home of the Brave and Life on a String (2001). Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multi-media stage performances such as “Songs and Stories for Moby Dick” (1999).

Anderson was appointed as the first artist-in-residence of NASA in 2002 which culminated in her 2004 touring solo performance “The End of the Moon”.  Other projects include a series of audio-visual installations and a high definition film, Hidden Inside Mountains, created for World Expo 2005 in Japan; the 2007-2008 worldwide tour of her performance piece, “Homeland”, which was released as an album on Nonesuch Records in 2010 and a retrospective the same year of her visual and installation work in Brazil. Her film Heart of a Dog was chosen as an official selection of the 2015 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In the same year, her exhibition “Habeas Corpus” opened at the Park Avenue Armory to wide critical acclaim.

Laurie Anderson’s many awards include the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2007); the Pratt Institute’s Honorary Legends Award (2011); and the Yoko Ono’s Courage Award for the Arts (2016) for her exhibition “Habeas Corpus.” Laurie Anderson lives in New York City. All the Things I Lost in the Flood is her seventh book.


The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills 90210
Directions and Parking

Tickets will be available for purchase through The Wallis box office (310-746-4000). Purchased tickets are non-refundable, and will be available for pick-up at the box office before the program.

Book Signing 
Copies of All The Things I Lost in The Flood will be available for purchase at The Wallis courtesy The Library Store. Library Foundation Members get 15% off all book purchases. A book signing will be available following the program for those attendees who have purchased a copy of the book from The Library Store.

Main image: Laurie Anderson performing One White Whale Photo: Ashley Khoshbin

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