Robert Wilson directed The Old Woman as part of MIF13 and the The Life and Death of Marina Abramović for MIF11. For more information, please visit the event page by following the link in the left hand panel.
The New York Times described Robert Wilson as ‘a towering figure
in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of
time and space on stage.’ Born in Waco, Texas, Wilson is among the
world’s foremost theatre and visual artists. His works for the stage
unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including
dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. His images are
aesthetically striking and emotionally charged, and his productions
have earned the acclaim of audiences and critics worldwide.
After being educated at the University of Texas and Brooklyn’s
Pratt Institute, Wilson founded the New York-based performance
collective the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds in the mid 1960s, and
developed his first signature works, including Deafman Glance (1970)
and A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974-75). With Philip Glass, he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976).
Wilson’s artistic collaborators include many writers and musicians
such as Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed and Jessye Norman. He has also left his imprint on masterworks such as Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Brecht/Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Büchner’s Woyzeck, Jean de la Fontaine’s Fables and Homer’s Odyssey.
Wilson’s drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented
around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings, and his
works are held in private collections and museums throughout the
Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence,
including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu Awards, the
Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. He has
been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and
France has pronounced him Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.
Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center,
a laboratory for performing arts in Watermill, New York.
Visit Robert Wilson's website here.