Einstein on the Beach
Einstein on the Beach
EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH
An Opera in Four Acts by
ROBERT WILSON – PHILIP GLASS
"An experience to cherish for a lifetime." - The New York Times
“Einstein sends one out of the auditorium in a state of meditative euphoria” The Wall Street Journal
“One of the truly pivotal artworks of our time.” Newsweek
In March 2013, history will be made in Hong Kong when audiences get to experience the single most important opera of the 20th century: the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson collaboration of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts. This is the monumental work that revolutionised opera and stage aesthetics and established the reputation of the now legendary collaborators. Wilson’s striking images, Glass’ hypnotic rhythms and Lucinda Child’s choreography result in a re-imagining of Einstein that allows audiences to make their own connections with the physicist and his work.
Now, 40 years after the opera’s premiere, a whole new generation worldwide witnesses this timeless work as the production goes on an international tour with Hong Kong as the only stop in Asia.
Be part of history in 2013. Be with Einstein on the Beach.
Performed in English. Chinese libretto available in the house programme.
The house will be open and the audience will be invited to take their seats 20 minutes prior to curtain up. There is no interval, audiences are invited to enter and exit at liberty during the performance.
Lesley Leslie-Spinks 2012
Direction/Set and Light Design
Pomegranate Arts Inc.
LINDA BRUMBACH, Executive Producer
The 2012 production of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts was commissioned by:
The Barbican, London; BAM,
Cal Performances University of California, Berkeley;
Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity;
De Nederlandse Opera/ The Amsterdam Music Theatre;
Opera et Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon;
University Musical Society of the University of Michigan.
Einstein on the Beach — the groundbreaking collaboration between composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson, is an opera that broke all the rules. Find out more about its legendary creators through two documentaries Philip Glass: Looking Glass andAbsolute Wilson, and at the talk by the opera’s directing associate Charles Otte.
Directing associate Charles Otte of Einstein on the Beach will give an analysis of performance style, vision, dimensional nature of physical space, and challenges all within context of bodies of work of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass.
Otte began his career in live theatre before attending graduate school in film production at the University of Southern California where he received the John Huston award for directing excellence. He joined the Einstein on the Beach team as stage manager for Robert Wilson and Philip Glass in 1984 and has continued to work with them ever since, including staging Glass’s multi-media opera La Belle et La Bête, and assisting Wilson on numerous projects. He is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin teaching Integrated Media for Live Performance.
Controversial, prolific, influential, avant-garde, father of minimalist music are a number of wordsand phrases used to describe Philip Glass. In Philip Glass: Looking Glass, watch as the camera follows him from New York to London and from Paris to Boston as he speaks about his career andthe people who influenced his work. The quiet life of a composer craftsman under the microscope.
Filmmaker Katharine Otto-Bernstein followed Robert Wilson around the world for five years to create an unmissable portrait of a truly fearless artist. Born in segregated America, Wilson grew up to become the legendary avant-garde stage director and playwright who also works with disabled children using therapy as a tool for artistic expression. More than a biography, this film explores the very essence of Robert Wilson, featuring his collaborators including Philip Glass, Jesse Norman, Tom Waits and many more.
Sold out prices / performances will not be shown in the menu.
Date / Performances
- 8 Mar 2013 Friday, 6:30 pm
VenueGrand Theatre, HK Cultural CentreSeating Plan