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Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Forward Moving Memory. An evening with Robert Wilson / Boston

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Calderwood Hall (map)
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Robert Wilson comes to the Gardner Museum at the invitation of Helga Davis, the Museum's Visiting Curator of the Performing Arts. Helga and Bob, who have collaborated on past projects including the recent world tour of Einstein on the Beach (his landmark opera with Philip Glass), are planning a special performance just for Gardner Museum audiences.

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May
21
8:00 PM20:00

1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This Is The First Time

In an exceptional performance of nearly three hours, director and artist Robert Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe. Combining hundreds of striking images from through his prolific career, Wilson provides an intimate self-portrait of his creative process. Mr. Wilson references his landmark original works for the stage such as "Deafman Glance", "A Letter for Queen Victoria", "Einstein on the Beach" (created with composer Philip Glass), "The CIVIL warS", and "The Black Rider", as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of "Madama Butterfly", "Wagner’s Ring Cycle", "The Magic Flute", Ibsen’s "Peer Gynt" and Heiner Müller’s "Quartett". At the conclusion of the lecture-performance, the audience is invited to explore Mr. Wilson’s ideas further during an informal question-and-answer period. 

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Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

1 Have You Been Here Before 2 No This Is The First Time / New York

In an exceptional performance of two hours, director and artist Robert Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe. Combining hundreds of striking images from his prolific career, Wilson provides an intimate self-portrait of his creative process. 

Mr. Wilson references his landmark original works for the stage such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach (created with composer Philip Glass), The CIVIL warS, and The Black Rider, as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of Madama Butterfly, Wagner's Ring Cycle, The Magic Flute, Ibsen's Peer Gynt  and Heiner Mueller's Quartett. At the conclusion of the performance, the audience is invited to explore Mr. Wilson's ideas further during an informal question-and-answer period. 

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Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Robert Wilson's Theater / Düsseldorf (Talk)

  • Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (entrance from the "Hofgarten" side) (map)
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In the midst of rehearsals for The Sandman at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, Robert Wilson appears on April 9 in a public talk about this production and his theater work in general. The talk will be moderated by Rüdiger Schaper, arts editor with the daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel

Following the talk, guests will be invited to join the vernissage and opening reception for Robert Wilson's exhibition Black and White--Works on Paper and Video at the Galerie Breckner.

More information can be found here.

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Jan
6
10:00 AM10:00

Keynote Address "Arts Festivals: The Long and Winding Road" / Sydney

  • Sydney Opera House (Drama Theatre) (map)
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"On the occasion of the Festival’s 40th anniversary, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Festival present a special keynote address by acclaimed playwright, director and visual artist Robert Wilson on the place of arts festivals in today’s society. Sydney Festival hosted Wilson’s quintessential music theatre work Black Rider in 2005 under Brett Sheehy. In 2016 the Festival is hosting another Wilson-Waits collaboration, Woyzeck, directed by young German theatre director Jette Steckel."

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Dec
2
to Dec 3

1 Have You Been Here Before 2 No This Is The First Time / New York

2015 H. Peter Stern Lecture of the World Monuments Fund (WMF)

Join us for an intimate evening with Robert Wilson, one of the world’s foremost theater and visual artists, and an avant-garde visionary. Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe with hundreds of striking images from throughout his prolific career, in an intimate self-portrait of his creative process.

The performance will reference Wilson’s landmark original works for the stage such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach, The CIVIL warS, and The Black Rider, as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, and Heiner Mueller’s Quartet.

To conclude the evening, audience members will be invited to explore the performance further during a Question and Answer session with Wilson.

More information can be found here.

The H. Peter Stern Lecture
The annual H. Peter Stern Lecture extends the legacy of long-time World Monuments Fund Trustee H. Peter Stern. As a student at Harvard, Peter Stern resolved to follow in the footsteps of the English historian and philosopher Arnold Toynbee and see what remained of all the world’s great civilizations. Honoring his long legacy of service to WMF, the H. Peter Stern Lecture presents speakers who explore civilization’s great places, continuing the cycle of intellectual curiosity, search, and inspiration that Peter Stern began many years ago.

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Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

A Dialogue on Space and Performance / Prague

Presented by the Prague Quadriennial of Performance Design and Space

This dialogue between long term collaborators will explore the essentially architectural in Robert Wilson’s work. It will investigate his visual and spatial theatre language as a form of sensory communication.

Robert Wilson has changed theatre not solely by bringing architecture on stage but by making theatre architecturally. His works are holistic architectural compositions as constantly changing interrelationships throughout time. Robert Wilson weaves space, light, sound, movement into an open, coarse-meshed fabric allowing the careful listener to explore an endless amount of readings. Robert Wilson has developed an architect's visual and spatial language for theatre.

Serge von Arx, architect and scenographer, had the opportunity to collaborate with Wilson for the last 17 years on over 30 realized and as many unrealized productions for theatre, opera, museum and public space.

This dialogue will explore the essentially architectural in Robert Wilson’s work. It will investigate Wilson's visual and spatial theatre language as a form of sensory communication beyond words and why the best way of perceiving and processing his creations takes place in silence.

More information can be found here.

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Apr
16
12:30 PM12:30

Keynote Lecture at the Prolight+Sound / Frankfurt

  • Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Center, Galleria 1 (map)
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Robert Wilson will give the keynote speech at this year's Prolight + Sound fair. 

“We are delighted that one of the theatre world’s leading personalities, Robert Wilson, has agreed to speak at the Theatre and Film Colloquium. With lectures by leading experts, the programme underscores the great importance of the theatre segment at Prolight + Sound 2015”, says Prolight + Sound Director Michael Biwer. “Our special thanks go to Florian von Hofen, CTO of Rouge AVE, for making the contact to Robert Wilson and his great help in arranging this extra-special highlight.”

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Nov
23
5:30 PM17:30

1 Have You Been Here Before 2 No This Is The First Time / Porto

Opening of the Forum do Futuro

During the three-hour event, Robert Wilson invites all the participants on a journey to his aesthetic world. Wilson’s career has been exceptionally prolific and his own works are the  main topic of his lecture. Wilson offers an intimate glimpse into his creative process through photos and stories.  

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1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This is The First Time / Buffalo
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This is The First Time / Buffalo

  • Albright Knox Art Gallery Auditorium (map)
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The University at Buffalo Department of Art, Technē Institute of Arts and Technology, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Humanities Institute, the Departments of Music and Media Study, The Albright Knox Art Gallery, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center invite you to join us on Thursday, October 9, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm for: “1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This is The First Time” / An Evening With Robert Wilson” in the Albright Knox Art Gallery auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Wilson will talk about poignant moments of his career, the arc of his still developing aesthetic, and some of his key projects. This talk is a rare opportunity to hear Robert Wilson as he seldom speaks publicly about his work.

Learn more here.

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Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

1 Have You Been Here Before 2 No This Is the First Time / Tartu

  • Tartu Centre for Creative Industries (map)
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On September 7, 2014, the last day of the Estonian Theatre Festival at 11:00 am,  American director and artist Robert Wilson gives his lecture "1 Have You Been Here Before 2 No This Is the First Time." The lecture is in English and the event takes place in the conference hall of the Tartu Centre for Creative Industries.  During the three-hour event, Robert Wilson invites all the participants on a journey to his aesthetic world. Wilson’s career has been exceptionally prolific and his own works are the  main topic of his lecture. Wilson offers an intimate glimpse into his creative process through photos and stories.  

Register for the lecture here.

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Aug
27
8:00 PM20:00

1 Have You Been Here Before 2 No This Is The First Time / Weimar

  • Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar (map)
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An evening with Robert Wilson!

In an exceptional three-hour performance, director and artist Robert Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe. Combining hundreds of striking images from through his prolific career, Wilson provides an intimate self-portrait of his creative process.
Mr. Wilson references his landmark original works for the stage such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach (created with composer Philip Glass), The CIVIL warS, and The Black Rider, as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of Madama Butterfly, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Magic Flute, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt and Heiner Mueller’s Quartett.  At the conclusion of the performance, the audience is invited to explore Mr. Wilson’s ideas further during an informal Q&A.

Robert Wilson returns to the Kunstfest Weimar, where he curated and designed Franz Liszt's "Via Crucis" in the 2012 Festival season.

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Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Theater and the Theater Outside the Theater: Robert Wilson in Conversation

  • The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (map)
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The Leslie-Lohman Museum invites you to join us on Sunday, August 17th, from 6 – 8 pm for an extraordinary evening of conversation between Robert Wilson, Jonathan David Katz, and Peter Harvey, an artist and set designer who has known Robert for more than 50 years.

After a short film highlighting Wilson’s work, the three will talk about poignant moments of Wilson’s career, the relationship between sexuality and creativity, and the Watermill Center—a unique environment for young and emerging artists from around the world to explore new ideas. This talk is a rare opportunity to hear Robert Wilson as he seldom speaks publicly in New York.

The Museum is honored that he has chosen our organization for this special speaking engagement. Wilson was very involved with the Museum through his support of the Paul Thek exhibition as that show would not have been possible with the support of the Watermill Center. 

Admission: $30
Members $20 with discount code
(contact museum for code details or to join and become a Museum member)
Limited seating available.
Tickets are available only through: Eventbrite
Contact: Jerry at jerry@leslielohman.org

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Lecture / Bratislava
Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

Lecture / Bratislava

  • Hall of Opera and Ballet / SND New Building (map)
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Multi-talented theatre director, conceptual artist and designer Robert Wilson is coming to Bratislava to reveal the workings of his creative mind to the Slovak general public. The Slovak National Theatre (SND) in cooperation with the Pavleye Art and Culture Agency and J&T Banka brings to Slovakia a unique performance and creative lecture by artistic visionary Robert Wilson named 1. Have you been here before? and 2. No This Is The First Time.

The audience experiences a personal meeting and direct interaction with a unique artist whose creative trajectory has significantly influenced the development of international theatre.  This unique three-hour presentation by the famous theatre director and stage director Robert Wilson is an intimate self-portrait of his creative process through which he leaves the audience with an insight into his fascinating aesthetic universe. "There is no exact script for this performances.  Bob has prepared its outline, but how the evening develops largely depends on the reactions and audience participation," states Slovak National Gallery exhibition curator Noah Khoshbin.

During this evening, Wilson additionally utilizes video projection to refer to his core iconic work from plays such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach (created with music composer Philip Glass), The CIVIL warS and The Black Rider. The audience will not even remain deprived of the staging process of developing other renowned works of opera and drama.

The project is a tie-in with Wilson’s Slovak gallery debut – The ROBERT WILSON exhibition: VIDEO PORTRAITS

The performance will be in English, with simultaneous headphone translation available.

Learn more here.

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