Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson

Two of the biggest names from the world of avant-garde music are set to share the Norwich Theatre Royal stage for one of their first live performances together outside America.

Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson will mix their creativity and flair for this rare performance on May 19th which is part of  Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Norwich Theatre Royal will be one of only two UK venues, along with The Barbican in London, where you can enjoy this highly creative live experience.

Stephen Crocker, chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome two of the world’s most renowned and creative composers and performers to our stage.

“As the only venue outside London on their UK tour, we are expecting huge interest from the county and beyond from people keen to experience this incredible creative collaboration between two of the greatest musicians of our time.”

Philip Glass is recognised as one of the globe’s most prominent composers and his style is expected to both complement and collide with Laurie Anderson’s mix of vocals, text and experimental music.

And it marks a welcome return to Norwich Theatre Royal following his sold-out concert as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival back in 2009.

Born in Maryland, Philip Glass graduated from the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School before studying in Paris in the 1960s and, while there, he earned money transcribing Ravi Shankar’s music into Western notation.

By 1974, he was involved in a number of innovative projects culminating in Music In Twelve Parts and his landmark opera Einstein On The Beach.

Since then his repertoire has included opera, dance, theatre, orchestra and film, with his work earning him Academy Award nominations, and also a Golden Globe for The Truman Show.

In recent years, his work has included the opera The Perfect American about the death of Walt Disney, a touring production of Einstein and his memoir Words Without Music was also published.

Most recently, the Washington National Opera premiered a revised version of Glass’s opera Appomattox which he created with the noted librettist Christopher Hampton.

Meanwhile Laurie Anderson is known for her experimental works which use a range of media and harness the latest technology. She is also no stranger to the Theatre Royal having appeared there as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 2008.

Her recording career was launched back in 1981 by the iconic track O Superman, and she has since created a wide range of work including movie soundtracks, and the elaborate multi-media performance Songs and Stories For Moby Dick.

The author of seven books, she was also appointed the first artist-in-residence at NASA and created the film Hidden Inside Mountains for the World Expo 2005 in Japan.

And her work has been enjoyed all over the world including the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, all over Brazil, and across her native America.

More recently, she has finished residencies at UCLA in Los Angeles and EMPAC in New York, her movie Heart Of A Dog was officially selected for both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, and her exhibition Habeas Corpus opened at the Park Avenue Armory to strong critical acclaim winning the Yoko Ono Courage Award For The Arts.

The Theatre Royal’s Stephen Crocker added: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Festival to bring Philip and Laurie to Norwich. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy their fantastic collaboration.”

[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]An Evening With Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson takes place at The Norwich Theatre Royal on Friday 19th May at 8pm. The event is presented by Norwich Theatre Royal in partnership with Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Tickets: £8-£58, with Discounts for Friends.

Booking opens for Friends of the Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal Corporate Club and Festival supporters at 9.30am on Jan 26th, and to the public at 9.30am on Jan 27th. To book or for more information, log onto www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the Festival booking line on 01603 766400.[/box]