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Robert Wilson (born 4 October 1941) is an internationally acclaimed American avant-garde stage director and playwright who has been called "[America]'s — or even the world's — foremost vanguard 'theater artist'" [1]. Over the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer. He is best known for his collaborations with Philip Glass on Einstein on the Beach, and with numerous other artists, including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits, and David Byrne. October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... A theatre director oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... Choreography (also known as dance composition) is the art of making structures in which movement occurs, the term composition may also refer to the navigation or connection of these movement structures. ... The performing arts include theater, motion pictures, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, magic and the marching arts, such as brass bands, etc. ... Painting by Rembrandt self-portrait Detail from Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, in which the painter portrayed himself at work For the computer graphics program, see Corel Painter. ... Sculptor redirects here. ... As opposed to television and theatrical cinema, video art is a subset of artistic works which relies on moving pictures and is comprised of video and/or audio data. ... Sound is a disturbance of mechanical energy that propagates through matter as a longitudinal wave, and therefore is a mechanical wave. ... Lighting at the 2005 Classical Spectacular Concert The role of the lighting designer (or LD) within theatre is to work with the director, set designer, and costume designer to create an overall look for the show in response to the text, while keeping in mind issues of visibility, safety and... Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American composer. ... Einstein on the Beach is an opera scored and written by Philip Glass and designed and directed by Robert Wilson. ... William Seward Burroughs II (1914 – August 2, 1997), more commonly known as William S. Burroughs, was an American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter and spoken word performer. ... Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... David Byrne (born May 14, 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland) is a musician best known as a founding member and the principal songwriter of the New Wave band Talking Heads. ...


Wilson was born in Waco, Texas, and studied Business Administration at the University of Texas from 1959 to 1962. He moved to Brooklyn in 1963, receiving a BFA in architecture from the Pratt Institute in 1965. He also attended lectures by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy (widow of László Moholy-Nagy), studied painting with George McNeil, and studied architecture with Paolo Soleri in Arizona. Waco is the county seat of McLennan County, Texas. ... The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. ... Pratt Institute is a specialized, private college in New York City with campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn. ... László Moholy-Nagy László Moholy-Nagy (July 20, 1895 – November 24, 1946) was a Hungarian painter and photographer as well as professor in the Bauhaus school. ... Paolo Soleri (Born in Turin, Italy on June 21, 1919) was awarded his Ph. ...


In 1968, Wilson founded an experimental performance company, the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds (named for a dancer who helped him overcome a speech impediment while a teenager). With this company, he created his first major works, beginning with 1969's The King of Spain and The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud. He began to work in opera in the early 1970s, creating Einstein on the Beach with Philip Glass, which brought the two artists world-wide fame.


In 1983-1984, Wilson planned a performance for the 1984 Summer Olympics, the CIVIL warS: A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down; the complete work was to have been 12 hours long, in 6 parts. The production was only partially completed — the full event was cancelled by the Olympic Arts Festival, due to insufficient funds. In 1986, the Pulitzer Prize jury unanimously selected the CIVIL warS for the drama prize, but the supervisory board rejected the choice and gave no drama award that year. [2] Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down is an opera created in the early 1980s by director Robert Wilson to music by Philip Glass and others. ... The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ...


Wilson is known for pushing the boundaries of theatre. His works are noted for their austere style, very slow movement, and often extreme scale in space or in time. The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin was a 12-hour performance, while KA MOUNTain and GUARDenia Terrace was staged on a mountaintop in Iran and lasted seven days.


In addition to his work for the stage, Wilson creates sculpture, drawings, and furniture designs. He won the Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennale for a sculptural installation. View of Pump Room, a work by the Hungarian artist Balázs Kicsiny at the Venice Biennale in 2005. ...


In 2004, Ali Hossaini offered Wilson a residency at the television channel LAB HD.[3] Since then Wilson has produced dozens of high-definition videos known as the Voom Portraits. Subjects have ranged from royalty and celebrities, including Brad Pitt, to animals, Nobel Prize winners and hobos.[4] Birth date: 1962 Birthplace: West Virginia Ali Hossaini is an American philosopher, filmmaker and pacifist. ... LAB HD was a three-year experiment by Voom HD Networks. ... William Bradley Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. ...


Louis Aragon praised Wilson as: "What we, from whom Surrealism was born, dreamed would come after us and go beyond us". [5] Louis Aragon (October 3, 1897 - December 24, 1982), French historian, poet and novelist. ...


Wilson is the subject of a 2006 documentary by Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Absolute Wilson.


Works

For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Einstein on the Beach is an opera scored and written by Philip Glass and designed and directed by Robert Wilson. ... Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American composer. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down is an opera created in the early 1980s by director Robert Wilson to music by Philip Glass and others. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Title page of the first quarto edition, published in 1608 King Lear is generally regarded as one of William Shakespeares greatest tragedies. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Heiner Müller (January 9, 1929 – December 30, 1995) was an East German dramatist and writer. ... Die Hamletmaschine is a play by East German author and theatre director Heiner Müller. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Heiner Müller (January 9, 1929 – December 30, 1995) was an East German dramatist and writer. ... A quartet is a group of four identical or similar objects, or a grouping of four persons for a common purpose. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Program for the 2004 Canadian tour of The Black Rider. ... William Seward Burroughs II (1914 – August 2, 1997), more commonly known as William S. Burroughs, was an American novelist, essayist, social critic, painter and spoken word performer. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Wilhelm Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883) was an influential German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as he later came to call them). ... Parsifal is a music drama in three acts by Richard Wagner. ... Hamburg from above Hamburgs motto: May the posterity endeavour with dignity to conserve the freedom, which the forefathers acquired. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Paul Schmidt was a translator in the German foreign ministry from 1923-1945. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Alvin Lucier Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of music and sound installations exploring acoustic phenomena, especially resonance, as well as a former member of the Sonic Arts Union along with Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Lewis Allen Lou Reed (born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American composer. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Monsters of Grace was a multimedia opera in 13 short acts directed by Robert Wilson, with music by Philip Glass and libretto from the works of 13th-century Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi. ... Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American composer. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Lohengrin is a romantic opera (or music drama) in three acts by Richard Wagner. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, seen from Lincoln Center Plaza A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Józef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Berliner Ensemble was a German theatre company established by playwright, Bertolt Brecht and his wife, Helene Weigel in January 1949. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Ryuichi Sakamoto at his New York City studio September 2003 Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一 Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese musician, composer, producer and actor. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Wilhelm Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883) was an influential German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as he later came to call them). ... This article is about the series of operas; for the film, see Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King. ... Lewis Allen Lou Reed (born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874) (Tate Gallery, London In Greek mythology, Persephone (Greek Περσεφόνη, Persephónē) was the Queen of the Underworld, the Kore or young maiden, and the daughter of Demeter— and Zeus, in the Olympian version. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Karl Georg Büchner (October 17, 1813 – February 19, 1837) was a German dramatist and writer of prose. ... Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzogs Woyzeck Woyzeck is a stage play written by Georg Büchner. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... This article is about the German composer of tone-poems and operas. ... Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) is an opera by Richard Strauss with a libretto by Hugo von Hoffmansthal. ... Opéra National de Paris is the leading opera company of France. ... The Opéra Bastille L’Opéra de la Bastille (Bastille Opera) is a modern opera house in Paris, France. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jean de La Fontaine (July 8, 1621 – April 13, 1695) is the most famous French fabulist and probably the most widely read French poet of the 17th century. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Photo of Henrik Ibsen in his older days Henrik Johan Ibsen (March 20, 1828 – May 23, 1906) was a major Norwegian playwright who was largely responsible for the rise of the modern realistic drama. ... Peer Gynt is a play by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Karl Georg Büchner (October 17, 1813 – February 19, 1837) was a German dramatist and writer of prose. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... ACE GALLERY is a large art gallery based in Los Angeles, California, USA, founded in 1961 by the gallerys director Douglas Chrismas, ACE gallery has a history of installing ambitious exhibitions. ...

References

  1. ^ John Rockwell. "Staging Painterly Visions", The New York Times, 1992-11-15, p. 23 (sect. 6).
  2. ^ Mel Gussow. "At Home With: Robert Wilson; The Clark Kent Of Modern Theater", The New York Times, 1994-01-06, p. C1.
  3. ^ Ali Hossaini. Merging Art and Television p. 25. Retrieved on 2007-04-20.
  4. ^ Bob Colacello (December, 2006). "The Subject as Star". Vanity Fair: p. 318. 
  5. ^ Design Museum. Robert Wilson: Theatre Director + Designer. Retrieved on 2006-05-21.

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Whenever he speaks, anywhere around the world, Wilson seems compelled to relate the same stories: Again and again, he mentions the seminal moment in 1967 when he saw the films of psychologist Daniel Stern, who had recorded the interactions of mothers and their babies in extreme slow motion.
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ROBERT WILSON is a theatre director, artist and designer who fuses sound, image, text and movement to create extraordinarily evocative stage sets, exhibitions and installations.
Born in Waco, Texas in 1941, Robert Wilson struggled as a child to overcome a speech disability which he finally conquered in his late teens with the help of the dancer, Byrd Hoffman.
Wilson devoted much of the early 1980s to an international collaboration, the epic opera, the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down, which was intended to be the centrepiece of the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles.
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