Aerial photo of the Watermill Center's Benefit Gala 2017 - Photograph © Lovis Ostenrik
Dear Friends of Robert Wilson,
July and August saw a beautiful and intense Summer Program at The Watermill Center, during which Bob workshopped new productions of Verdi's Otello, Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, a new operatic work with Paola Prestini, and an exhibition entitled Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty for the Minneapolis Institute of Art; among many other projects. Check out photos from the Benefit Gala and the "Discover Watermill Day."

This fall and winter, Bob will be rehearsing many new shows for 2018, and appear in Berlin, Shanghai, New York and Aarhus; details below. Tonight is the last performance in the newest revival of his beautiful Pelléas and Mélisande at the Opéra-Bastille, so if you are in Paris, catch it while you can!

And: Bob turned 76 two days ago, the day of the last Luther preview, and he received a very special present from the Rundfunkchor Berlin: a very operatic "Happy Birthday"... 
Scene from LUTHER dancing with the gods - Photograph © Chloé Bellemère

Tonight marks the much anticipated world-première of Bob's first collaboration with the acclaimed Rundfunkchor (Radio Choir) Berlin: LUTHER - dancing with the gods. It is one of the rare occasions in which Bob leaves the proscenium stage, and instead works his magic in a 360-degree arena, visible from all sides. And it's not just some arena, but the recently opened Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin, adjacent to the Barenboim-Said Academy, and designed by Frank Gehry. The Rundfunkchor will perform Bach's eternal motets, as well as works by Steve Reich and Knut Nystedt. Limited run - six performances only, October 6 to 12.

Lucky Berliners: the rarely performed Adam's Passion, with music by Arvo Pärt, is coming to the Konzerthaus next March. Get your seats for one of the three performances (March 27 - 29) now.
Robert Wilson in Lecture on Nothing - Photograph © Lucie Jansch

After a celebrated short run in São Paulo this September, Bob will perform John Cage's Lecture on Nothing at this year's Shanghai International Arts Festival on October 21 and 22. In addition, he will be the keynote lecturer at the Festival's "Forum" Conference on October 20.

Palazzo Franchetti, a 16th-century palace in Venice, is currently hosting Robert Wilson in Glass, an exhibition of selected glass sculptures that Bob made in the 90s and early 2000s at CIRVA in Marseille. The exhibition is open daily until November 26. 

After Paris and Hong Kong, Bob's installation Noah's Ark, featuring exclusive jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, can be seen in New York City this November. Don't miss this stunning mixed-media installation at the Cedar Lake Studios in Chelsea, from November 3 to 19.
Hamletmachine, Spoleto 2017 - Photograph © Lucie Jansch

For details and links to the venues, please click on the show names and follow the calendar links on the production pages:
  • Endgame is one of Bob's shows that have remained in the Berliner Ensemble's repertoire, and it can be seen there next Monday, October 9.
  • His stellar La Traviata will be on at the Perm Opera House, for two rare performances on October 14 and 15.
  • Edda, having been awarded "Hedda" prizes in three categories, will perform on tour in Aarhus, Denmark, the European Cultural Capital 2017, from October 14 through 20.
  • The planned tour of The Sandman to Antwerp had to be postponed to 2018, but instead there will be additional performances of it in Düsseldorf on October 27 and 28.
  • A rare revival and acclaimed collaboration with legendary German writer Heiner Müller, Hamletmachine will tour to Rome's Teatro India from December 11 to 17.
Photographs courtesy of Lovis Ostenrik (1), Chloé Bellemère (2) and Lucie Jansch (3, 4).
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