Dog Dreaming — Four&Sons

Dog Dreaming

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog is a poignant cinematic tribute to her dog Lolabelle, gone but not forgotten.


Dog Dreaming

“This is my dream body. The one I use to walk around in my dreams”.

Performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson opens her documentary, Heart of a Dog, with these words, plunging the viewer into the imagined thoughts and memories of Lolabelle, Anderson’s late rat terrier who was quite talented on a piano. From there, Anderson reflects on the deaths of others near to her, including her mother, her friend the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, and her husband Lou Reed. Like much of her other work, Heart of a Dog also ventures into political territory, with Anderson’s recollections of her experiences in New York post-9/11.

Not one to limit herself to a single medium, Anderson extended her project to include the release of the film’s soundtrack album on Nonesuch Records, and a special live concert for New Yorkers and their hounds held at midnight in Times Square earlier this year. Heart of a Dog, Anderson’s first feature film, has been short-listed for the Best Documentary Oscar.



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