Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Created while artist in residence for NASA, Laurie Anderson’s The End of the Moon is essentially a hushed meditation on the imponderables that inhabit space, both near and far. The darkly shrouded stage setting also contributes to the otherworldly, soothingly ritualistic tone of the piece: a floating field of votive candles, a small screened projection of a moon crater, an easy chair to snuggle in while spinning a yarn, clouds of dry-ice mist artfully lit from behind and idly drifting upward. In the midst of it all Anderson tells her tales as bemused understatements, a tone she seems to have modeled after the late composer John Cage, whose laid-back, he-said-she-said stage delivery conveyed much the same sort of wry humor.