Dear Friends of Robert Wilson,
After three back-to-back openings (revivals of NORMA in Zurich, POPPEA at La Scala in Milan and PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Paris Opera) as well as a run of KRAPP’S LAST TAPE in Toulouse, Bob has now “landed” at the Berliner Ensemble for the final rehearsals of Goethe’s FAUST. And while rehearsals normally happen behind closed doors, we recommend you have a look at The Watermill Center’s Summer Program if you want to experience how Bob approaches a new project. Participants of the program can engage in Bob’s workshops for upcoming projects and create works of their own on the grounds of The Watermill Center. The application deadline (March 7) is fast approaching, but more information can be found here

As many of you did not receive the Fall 2014 Newsletter due to a technical error, we would like to draw your attention again to our website, which was completely redesigned in 2014. A key feature is the updated calendar function; we now have a full month-to-month calendar, containing openings as well as repertory performances, lectures, exhibitions and other Robert-Wilson-related events. Please do check out the new site and, if you are so inclined, let us know about your experience at

Bob is currently in rehearsals for what he has frequently called “one of the greatest challenges of my life”: directing Goethe’s FAUST –parts one and two in one production– at the prestigious Berliner Ensemble. Part Two is rarely realized on stage and much less both parts at once! In this production, Bob has decided to work only with young actors and students. The music will be composed by German rock star Herbert Grönemeyer, who has also worked with Bob on LEONCE AND LENA in 2003. Previews will begin over Easter, and pre-sales for the opening and April performances will start on March 1, online and at the box office.

FAUST I & II by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Robert Wilson (direction, set and light design); Herbert Grönemeyer (music); Ann-Christin Rommen (co-direction); Serge von Arx (co-set design); Jacques Reynaud (costumes); Ulrich Eh (co-light design); Jutta Ferbers, Annika Bardos (dramaturgy).

Opening on April 9, 2015 at the Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, Germany. Previews start around Easter, and the show will remain in repertoire after the opening. Learn more here.

Estonian Arvo Pärt is one of the three most performed contemporary composers worldwide. His music has been described as contemplative, sacred, and timeless. “Time for us is the time of our own lives. It is temporary. What is timeless is the time of eternal life. Like the sun, we cannot look at these two directly, but my intuition tells me that the human soul is connected to both of them—time and eternity,” says Pärt. Much like Bob’s own universe, where time and space are the basic architecture of everything, it is as if these two artists have been waiting to collaborate with one another! ADAM’S PASSION will be a journey into the worlds of sound, light, visual art and performance. It will celebrate Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday—all in a spectacular venue, the Noblessner Foundry, a vast, old industrial building by Tallinn’s harbor.

ADAM’S PASSION by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson
Tonu Kaljuste (musical direction); Tilman Hecker (co-direction); Serge von Arx (co-set design); Carlos Soto (costumes); AJ Weissbard (co-light design); Konrad Kuhn (dramaturgy); performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Lucinda Childs, Michael Theophanous and Ensemble.

Opening on May 12, 2015, at the Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn, Estonia. Learn more here.

“In the evening I listen to fairy tales, thereby compensating for the insufficiencies of my accursed upbringing. How charming these fairy tales are! Each is a poem!” said Aleksandr Pushkin, expressing his enthusiasm in a letter to his brother in 1824, roughly 6 years before he started publishing his own five most important fairy tales. “Our language,” said Pushkin, “is inherently beautiful and nowhere has it such breadth of expression as in folktales.” Indeed, Pushkin did create a distinct voice within Russian literature by incorporating everyday speech into his works. No doubt the poetry of Pushkin’s language will thrive in Bob’s spectacular setting—with music by the indiepop geniuses of CocoRosie, who collaborated with Bob on PETER PAN in 2013, and starring Evgenyi Mironov, one of Russia's most celebrated actors.

Additionally, The Watermill Center is offering a Patron Trip to Moscow and London, where Bob will be performing KRAPP’S LAST TAPE a few days after the PUSHKIN opening. Details of this event will be published here, shortly.

Robert Wilson (direction, set and light design); CocoRosie (music); Nicola Panzer (co-direction); Annick Lavallée-Benny (co-set design); Julia von Leliwa (costumes); AJ Weissbard (co-light design); Tilman Hecker (artistic collaborator); Roman Dolzhanskiy (dramaturgy).

Opening on June 16, 2015, at the Theater of Nations, Moscow, Russia, and remaining in repertoire thereafter. Learn more here.

Selections from Bob’s unique series of Lady Gaga Video Portraits will be on display at the Bernier/Eliades Gallery in Athens, Greece, from March 9 through May 14, 2015 and at lichtsicht 5, a video projection Biennial in Bad Rothenfelde, Germany, from September 18, 2015 through February 7, 2016.

After a run of four well-received performances of KRAPP’S LAST TAPE in Toulouse, this Beckett classic with Bob himself performing will stop at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam (June 6 and 7) and the Barbican Theatre in London (June 19-21). 
Check our online calendar regularly for updates!
Photographs courtesy of Robert Wilson, Annick Lavallée-Benny, Julian Mommert
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