Dear Friends of Robert Wilson,

earlier this month, Bob started a journey into the universe of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. His new production PESSOA—Since I’ve Been Me received its world première at the Teatro della Pergola, and has been described as “a masterpiece to see and see again” (Il Piccolo). It will be performed again this November at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and next March at the São Luiz Teatro Municipal in Lisbon. Many more appearances to follow soon in Luxembourg, Trento, Trieste and other locations, and we will publish them on our production page.




Inspired by his eponymous theater creation, Bob’s “Pessoa” drawings are on view, as is his seminal “Father’s Chair,” at Tinaia Al Bosco, a unique contemporary art space near Florence. Viewings are by appointment only. Please contact Felipe Moura (+39 331 734 1574, info@latinaia-albosco.com) to arrange your visit until June 15.

Meanwhile in Venice, Bob’s newest glass creation can be viewed at Fondazione Berengo, an exhibition space on the “glass island” of Murano. No less theatrical, and created in collaboration with the glass masters of Berengo Studio, these pairs of “Wrestlers” seem to be suspended in a “sublime moment between extreme tension and calm” (Françoise Guichon). The exhibition will be up until until November 24. 




The sequel of the exhibition A Chair and You just opened at the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig, Germany. First unveiled at the new Mudac in Lausanne in 2022, this exhibition presents the late Thierry Barbier-Mueller’s chair collection with Bob’s immersive scenography. Visitors can view the chairs as if they were protagonists of a performing arts show in which the history of art and design from the 1960s to the present day is told. The press has celebrated the exhibition as “one of [the Grassi’s] most impressive exhibitions ever” (MDR News), a “magical wonderland” and “alternate magical world” (Leipziger Volkszeitung). You can visit the show in Leipzig until October 6.



The cathedral in the French city of Rouen is mainly known for impressionist painter Claude Monet’s series of thirty-three paintings depicting views and details of Notre-Dame. Also, every year, it becomes the canvas for the “Cathédrale de lumière,” a light and sound spectacle for the 2024 edition of which the City of Rouen and the Normandie Impressioniste Festival have commissioned Bob. His new installation entitled STAR and STONE: a kind of love … some say will première on May 24, and be shown throughout the summer until September 28.


  • THE TEMPEST will be touring for the first time to Craiova, Romania, on May 16 and 17. It can be seen back at the National Theater “Ivan Vazov” in Sofia on June 18.
  • DORIAN will be on again in Kaunas, Lithuania on May 17 and 18, and this version will tour to Toruń, Poland, on June 1 and 2. The German version will be performed in Düsseldorf on July 2, and tour to Gothenburg, Sweden, on Aug. 24 and 25.
  • Many have been waiting for the DHaus (Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus) to bring back Bob’s production of THE SANDMAN, the German romantic ghost story, which has been playing in repertoire there to sold-out houses. Finally, the production can be seen again on June 20-23 and July 5 and 6.
  • The third news item from Düsseldorf might be the biggest yet: the theater just announced its 2024-2025 season, and with it the world première of Bob’s new production of MOBY DICK on Sept. 7. More about this in our next newsletter.
  • Another seminal Wilson production, Puccini’s opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY (1993), will be revived at the Paris Opera from Sept. 14 through Oct. 25.
  • After revivals in Madrid and Paris, Bob’s TURANDOT will come to the Lithuanian National Opera in Vilnius from Oct. 24 through 31.
Photographs © Lucie Jansch (1,3); Francesco Allegretto/Berengo Studio (2); Gergana Damianova (4).
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