Improvisational and incantatory, this immersive performance will feature Laurie Anderson and her string ensemble, Greg Cohen, Eyvind Kang and Rubin Kodheli, and percussionist Shahzad Ismaily, alongside New Zealand musicians including Horomona Horo and Megan Collins, Jo Hilder, Budi Putra and Gregory Street from Gamelan Wellington.

As well as Laurie’s own writing, The Calling takes text from Rebel in the Soul: An Ancient Egyptian Dialogue Between a Man and His Destiny – a translation of a 4000-year-old discourse between a person and their soul, which speaks to us with intriguing relevance for today.

The Calling is dedicated to the spirit of Laurie’s niece Thea Anderson, who taught dance in New Zealand and lost her life here in a car accident on her 25th birthday.

For this one-night-only event we strip out the seating to invite you to respond to the music in whatever way you feel.

Make a night of it and experience Stewart Hurwood’s guitar feedback installation Lou Reed Drones also at the Lower Hutt Events Centre.

Laurie Anderson, Greg Cohen, Eyvind Kang, Rubin Kodheli, Horomona Horo and Shahzad Ismaily

Download the event programme here.

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Lower Hutt Events Centre

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General admission. Limited seating. You are invited to sit, stand, dance, lie down, and respond to the performance in any way you wish.

Laurie Anderson Music

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