Dear Friends of Robert Wilson,
Almost three years after its première in Tallinn, Estonia, Adam’s Passion, Bob’s first collaboration with composer Arvo Pärt, can finally be seen again. Next week, the Konzerthaus Berlin will host three performances (March 27-29) and one open rehearsal (March 26). More upcoming tours and revivals can be found in this newsletter (“Other Events”).Pushkin’s Fairy Tales remains a huge success at Moscow’s Theater of Nations. This March 17, they celebrated the 100th performance since its opening in 2015, and sent this humorous backstage video. Congratulations!On April 5, don’t miss The Watermill Center’s Pre-Summer Party @ Spring Place in Manhattan. Featuring installations and performances by Paul Renner, Kembra Pfahler and Kirk Knight, the evening promises to bring the magic of Watermill to the city in honor of The Center’s 25th anniversary.

Bob will honor Max Ernst with an exhibition at the eponymous museum in Brühl (near Cologne, Germany). The museum is closely attached to the house in which Ernst was born. In 1971, French Surrealist Louis Aragon wrote of Bob, about his production The Deafman Glance in a letter to André Breton, “…he is what we, from whom Surrealism was born, dreamed would come after us and go beyond us.” For Bob, the opportunity to design The Hat Makes the Man is “a dream come true.”  Meanwhile, we, the audience, can expect a spectacular homage to the great surrealist artist. May 13 – August 26


In 1996, Bob directed a version of Stravinsky’s oratorio Oedipus Rex in Paris. Now, for the first time, he will direct a performance based on the original play by Sophocles. In collaboration with Kinan Azmeh, Dickie Landry, Meg Harper, Michalis Theophanous and many other artists, this promises to be a surprising new take on the classical play. It will first open in the spectacular Teatro Grande Scavi, a large amphitheater in the ancient ruins of Pompeii, and later tour to Vicenza, Naples and other Italian cities. July 5 – 7 in Pompeii


Earlier this year, the Minneapolis Institute of Art opened an exhibition, designed by Bob, showing various aspects of life at the imperial court during China’s Qing Dynasty. The visitor embarks on a journey of contrasts and counterpoints, experiencing the splendor of royal gatherings, mystic teachings, and the rhythm of nature itself. Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty – on view until May 27


For details and links to the venues, please click on the event name:

  • Noah’s Ark, Bob’s “enchanting” installation for Van Cleef & Arpels, will be on view at Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza (March 31 – April 29).
  • The Threepenny Opera (March 30 – April 1, June 13 – 14) and Endgame (April 14-15) remain in the repertoire of the Berliner Ensemble.
  • The Sandman, with music by Anna Calvi, can be seen at the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (March 23-24, April 6-7 & 19-20, June 16-17), and will tour to Antwerp’s deSingel (June 30 – July 2).
  • Join The Watermill Center for an exquisite Pre-Summer Party, featuring an immersive cocktail and dinner, followed by an after-party with performances and dancing at Spring Place (April 5).
  • Lecture on Nothing by John Cage and performed by Bob will tour to the Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen in Hannover (May 18-19).
  • Edda, the Icelandic epic with music by CocoRosie, will return to the cradle of its myth with performances at the Reykjavik City Theater (June 17-18).
  • Finally, save the date for the hottest ticket in the Hamptons: this year’s Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction (July 28).
Photographs courtesy of Kristian Kruuser / Kaupo Kikkas, MEM, MIA, and Lucie Jansch.

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