Laurie Anderson, the artist who helped define the performance art genre in the 1970s and 1980s, will perform at Virginia Tech on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 pm. The performance is presented by the School of Visual Arts in collaboration with the School of Performing Arts and Cinema and the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

Anderson has written, performed and produced numerous songs, sound recordings, films and performance pieces throughout her long career. One hallmark of her work is her use of unique creative technologies, many of which she has invented herself, including an electric violin that use magnetic tape for a bow and magnetic heads on the body.

Anderson will be performing Dirtday!, a new solo work that she began performing last year. The show is described as a look at politics, theories of evolution, families, history, and animals through a collection of songs and stories. Set against a detailed and lush sonic landscape, the stories and music create a unique picture of a hallucinatory world made of dreams and reality. Dirtday! is the third and last in Anderson’s series of solo story works, which include “Happiness” and “The End of the Moon.”

Tickets are on sale now, and are available by calling 540-231-5615 or by going online.