In a visually and acoustically inspiring homage to revolutionary
composer and philosopher John Cage, American theater luminary
performs Lecture on Nothing
, one of the central
texts of 20th-century experimental literature.
Originally delivered in 1949 by the composer himself at an
artists’ club in New York, Lecture on Nothing eventually became
part of his 1961 collection of essays entitled Silence.
“I have nothing to say, and I am saying it. And that is poetry.”
Wilson’s compelling theatrical adaptation of Lecture on
Nothing is accompanied by music from composer Arno Kraehahn
and visual elements from video artist Tomek Jeziorski. His creative
framework and live performance of this seminal work extends
it beyond a theatrical performance to become a deeply personal
homage to the influential life and work of an artist.
One of the most significant theater-makers in American
history, Robert Wilson is revered as a creator of landmark original
works, including the 1976 large-scale opera Einstein on the Beach
with composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs,
which comes to Los Angeles for the first time this October, presented
by LA Opera in collaboration with CAP UCLA.
Wilson’s work with major U.S. and European theaters and
opera houses includes Parsifal
, The Magic Flute
, Madame Butterfly
and more. He is also an accomplished fine artist whose drawings,
furniture designs and installations have been exhibited in museums
and galleries internationally.
Conceived, performed and directed by Robert Wilson
Music by Arno Kraehahn
Video by Tomek Jeziorski
Associate Directors Ann-Christin Rommen and Tilman Hecker
Dramaturgie Stephan Buchberger
Man with binoculars Tilman Hecker
Technical Director Reinhard Bichsel
Commissioned and produced by Ruhrtriennale--International Festival of the Arts
Presented in collaboration with Change Peforming Arts