The Legend of Keanu

Guest Speaker - Anna Abhau Elliott
June 26, 2022 - 11:00am

Artist and actor Anna Abhau Elliott ( will share with us a fairytale from our own time. Movie star and meme sensation Keanu Reeves has captured the popular imagination for decades. His celebrity seems to be as durable as it is flexible. We've seen him in a vast range of roles—from a high school goofball to a demon slayer to an FBI agent undercover as a bank robber who surfs—but one narrative seems to come up over and over again. Keanu's characters—and cultural persona—are constantly in a cycle of suffering, waking up to a new world, and making a choice about how to make the best of their present circumstances. How does this narrative, so often told in spiritual traditions, speak with us today? How might the craft of acting connect with the practice of meditation, of arriving in the present moment?

Anna's main sources include the wild array of Keanu Reeves' filmography, as well as the new book, "Keanu Reeves: Most Triumphant" by Alex Pappademas.

First coming to Spartanburg in 2015 as part of the Hub-Bub Artist-in-Residence program, Anna has exhibited and performed across the country while maintaining a strong connection with our city. Listen to this hilarious, self-effacing, and brilliant member of our wider Beloved Community.


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June Share The Plate

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