Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, UK
The End of the Moon was created by Laurie Anderson in 2005. Presented by Forma. Supported by Arts Council England and Northern Rock Foundation. Commissioned by BITE '05 Barbican, London; Cal Performances, University of California, Berkely, CA; University of Florida Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL; Society for the Peforming Arts, Houston, TX; and Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome.
The End of the Moon is a performance work by Laurie Anderson that combines stories and mesmerising soundscape for violin and electronics.
Anecdotal, wide-ranging and epic, the performance draws on Anderson's recent experiences as NASA's first artist-in-residence. Part travelogue, part personal philosophy, part daydream, The End of the Moon looks at the relationships between war, aesthetics, spirituality and consumerism. It explores the meanings of freedom, time and beauty in our contemporary world.
Laurie Anderson is one of the world's leading performance artists and her multi-media presentations have consistently intrigued, entertained and challenged audiences, and have cast her in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, ventriloquist, media art pioneer, vocalist and instrumentalist.