By Dean Essner, The Diamondback
Laurie Anderson is a woman of many guises: performance artist, avant-pop pioneer, poet, violinist, linguistic deconstructionist and social commentator. What makes her work so endlessly fascinating is its unpredictability; you never quite know which mask she’ll don and when.
Her events tonight and tomorrow night at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre are shrouded in her trademark mystery. Little is known about the nature of the performance, “Scenes from My New Novel,” which will eventually lead into a mini-tour around the globe. Even her main collaborator for the show — classical music ensemble Kronos Quartet — has watched pieces of the production morph from their initial forms in a constant evolutionary process that will likely continue until the curtain drops and the performance begins.