Robert Wilson (director)
Wilson studied business administration at the University of Texas from 1959 to 1962 . In 1963 he moved to Brooklyn, studied architecture at the Pratt Institute and took lessons with Sibyl Moholy-Nagy , the widow of photographer and light artist László Moholy-Nagy , and he studied painting with George McNeil and worked with choreographers George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham . He continued his architecture studies with Paolo Soleri in Arizona.
Wilson, who with the help of the dancer Byrd Hoffman was able to successfully overcome his stuttering in 1958, was already working with disabled children during his studies. This culminated in 1968 with the founding of the Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds in New York City and the adoption of a deaf boy.
From 1966 Wilson drew attention to himself in New York with his theater performances. In addition to his theater work, Wilson works as a painter, draftsman and designer.
In 1972 Wilson's week-long play Ka mountain and guardenia terrace was performed at the Shiraz Arts Festival in Iran . In 1976 his opera Einstein on the Beach was premiered in Avignon with music by Philip Glass and Lucinda Childs as the lead choreographer and dance soloist. In the same year he had his first solo exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York. From the mid-1980s he worked on several projects with Heiner Müller , whom he met in 1977 on his second trip to America. Both had a lasting influence on the work of the other. Robert Wilson is a member of the board of trustees of the International Heiner Müller Society.
In December 2005 he was commissioned to create a permanent exhibition for the Mozart year 2006 in the Salzburg birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart . In it he combines original exhibits with his own work.
Also in 2016, Wilson's second radio play Tower of Babel was published with the participation of u. a. by Edith Clever, CocoRosie, Daniel Libeskind, Jonathan Meese, Christopher Nell, Fiona Shaw and Daniel Hope.
Robert Wilson is considered one of the most important representatives of international contemporary theater. Due to his versatility as a director, set designer, architect and designer, he has fundamentally renewed theater and performance art . His work also took him to Germany, which gave theater life new impulses. With a performance of The Black Rider , a musical version of Weber's Freischütz , scored Wilson an international success. He still works on works by Büchner , Brecht , Wagner and Strauss and brings them to the stage not only in Germany but internationally.
Awards and honors
- 1993: Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale for the installation Memory / Loss together with Hans Peter Kuhn
- 1996: Member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts
- 1997: European Theater Prize
- 2000: Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 2009: Hein Heckroth stage design award
- 2011: Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 2013: Olivier Award : Best New Opera for "Einstein on the Beach"
- 2013: Honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne
- 2014: Goethe Medal
- Federal Cross of Merit 1st class
- 2016 German radio play award of ARD for Tower of Babel
"The responsibility of the artist is not to give answers. It is to ask questions. "
- 1970: Deafman Glance at the University Theater in Iowa City
- 1973: The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin in Copenhagen, New York and São Paulo
- 1976: Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass , first performed at the Avignon Festival , with performances in Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera , New York City
- 1978: I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating Theater des Westens , Berlin
- 1979: Death Destruction & Detroit by Robert Wilson, music by Alan Lloyd , sound environment by Hans Peter Kuhn , Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer , Berlin
- 1981: The Man in the Raincoat. Sound environment Hans Peter Kuhn, Cologne
- 1981–1984: The CIVIL warS. Theater project with productions from 5 nations, planned for the "Cultural Olympics" Los Angeles 1984 (unfinished)
- 1986: Hamlet Machine by Heiner Müller , listed in New York and Hamburg
- 1986: Alcestis. in cooperation with Laurie Anderson , music by Hans Peter Kuhn performed at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Mass.
- 1987: Memory of a Revolution , Environment by Robert Wilson, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, catalog ed. by Johann-Karl Schmidt
- 1987: Parzival by Tankred Dorst at the Thalia Theater , Hamburg
- 1987: Death Destruction & Detroit II by Robert Wilson, music by Hans Peter Kuhn, Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz , Berlin
- 1988: The Forest by David Byrne , sound environment Hans Peter Kuhn, world premiere, Freie Volksbühne , Berlin
- 1989: Swan song by Anton Chekhov , Munich Kammerspiele
- 1990: The Black Rider , world premiere, Thalia Theater, Hamburg, libretto : William S. Burroughs, music: Tom Waits
- 1990: King Lear by William Shakespeare , sound environment Hans Peter Kuhn, Schauspielhaus Frankfurt
- 1991: Parsifal by Richard Wagner , Hamburg State Opera
- 1991: The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , Opéra Bastille , Paris
- 1991: Lohengrin by Richard Wagner , Zurich Opera House
- 1991: The disease death of Marguerite Duras , music by Hans Peter Kuhn, world premiere, with Peter Fitz and Libgart Schwarz , Schaubühne Berlin
- 1992: Alice by Robert Wilson / Tom Waits / Paul Schmidt after Lewis Carroll, Thalia Theater Hamburg
- 1992: Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights. Arrangement by Gertrude Stein with music by Hans Peter Kuhn, Hebbel-Theater , Berlin and European tour
- 1992: Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini , Opéra Bastille, Paris
- 1993: Alice in Bed by Susan Sontag , music by Hans Peter Kuhn, Schaubühne, Berlin
- 1993: Orlando to Virginia Woolf by Darryl Pinckney , music by Hans Peter Kuhn, with Isabelle Huppert , Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne , Lausanne
- 1994: The moon in the grass. Kammerspiele, Munich
- 1995: Hamlet, a monologue. by William Shakespeare and with Robert Wilson, music by Hans Peter Kuhn, Alley Theater, Houston
- 1995: Duke Bluebeard's castle by Béla Bartók and expectation of Arnold Schönberg at the Salzburg Festival (Großes Festspielhaus)
- 1996: Time Rocker by Lou Reed , world premiere, Thalia Theater, Hamburg
- 1997: Saints & Singing an operetta, arrangement by Gertrude Stein with music by Hans Peter Kuhn, Hebbel-Theater Berlin and world tour
- 1997: Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy , Salzburg Festival (Great Festival Hall), Palais Garnier , Paris
- 1998: Lohengrin by Richard Wagner , Metropolitan Opera , New York
- 1998: Ocean flight by Bertolt Brecht, music by Hans Peter Kuhn, Berliner Ensemble , Berlin
- 1998: Danton's death. after Georg Büchner , Salzburg Festival (Landestheater), Berliner Ensemble, Berlin
- 1998: Monsters of Grace by Philip Glass , world premiere, Royce Hall , Los Angeles and world tour
- 1998: Lady from the Sea by Susan Sontag , Teatro Comunale, Ferrara and world tour
- 1999: Orphée et Euridice and Alceste by Christoph Willibald Gluck on the occasion of the reopening of the Théâtre du Châtelet , Paris
- 2000: POEtry by Lou Reed , world premiere, Thalia Theater, Hamburg
- 2000: Woyzeck by Georg Büchner , music: Tom Waits , Betty Nansen Theater, Copenhagen
- 2002: The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner, Zurich Opera House
- 2002: Osud by Leoš Janáček , National Theater Prague
- 2002: Doctor Caligari based on the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Carl Mayer, Hans Janowitz and Robert Wiene). Music by Michael Galasso , Deutsches Theater, Berlin, premiere March 26, 2002.
- 2002: The Woman Without a Shadow by Richard Strauss , Paris Opera
- 2003: The Temptation of Saint Anthony based on a text by Gustave Flaubert , music and libretto: Bernice Johnson Reagon, RuhrTriennale
- 2003: Leonce and Lena von Georg Büchner at the Berliner Ensemble , music: Herbert Grönemeyer
- 2004: Les Fables based on Jean de la Fontaine at the Comédie-Française , Paris
- 2004: I La Galigo. Stage implementation of the Bugis epic La Galigo
- 2005: A winter tale by William Shakespeare at the Berliner Ensemble , Berlin
- 2006: Quartet by Heiner Müller with Isabelle Huppert in the female lead, La Comédie de Genève, Paris. In coproduction with the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe
- 2006: L'incoronazione di Poppea for La Scala in Milan
- 2006: Fidelio for the Valencia Opera
- 2007: Rumi in the blink of the eye by Robert Wilson and Kudsi Erguner , Athens
- 2007: Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht , Berliner Ensemble , Berlin
- 2009: Shakespeare's sonnets by William Shakespeare, Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, music: Rufus Wainwright
- 2009: The Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber , Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
- 2011: Lulu by Frank Wedekind at the Berliner Ensemble , Berlin, music: Lou Reed
- 2011: The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic , with Marina Abramović , Manchester International Festival, Manchester
- 2013: Peter Pan or the fairy tale of the boy who didn't want to grow up by James Matthew Barrie / Erich Kästner , Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, music: CocoRosie
- 2013: The girl with the sulfur sticks by Helmut Lachenmann , Jahrhunderthalle Bochum
- 2013: Monsters of Grace II , radio play, SWR / ZKM / HfG Karlsruhe
- 2015: Faust I and II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Berliner Ensemble, music: Herbert Grönemeyer
- 2015: La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi , Musiktheater Linz
- 2016: Tower of Babel , radio play, HR / BBC / NDR / RBB / SWR
- 2017: The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann in the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
- 2019: Mary Said What She Said , Isabelle Huppert dances Maria Stuart, text: Darryl Pinckney, music: Ludovico Einaudi, direction, stage, lighting: Robert Wilson, premiere: 22 May 2019 in the Espace Cardin of the Parisian Théâtre de la Ville
- 1982: Robert Wilson - Die Goldenen Fenster / The Golden Windows. Municipal gallery in the Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich
- 2010: Robert Wilson. Video portraits . ZKM , Karlsruhe
- 2010: Political Bodies. Robert Wilson. Academy of Arts , Berlin
- 2013: Living Rooms . Video installation. Louvre , Paris
- 2016 to March 2018: Tales . Villa Panza, Varese
- 2018: Robert Wilson "The Hat Makes The Man" . Max Ernst Museum , Brühl
as a curator and designer
- 2003: Giorgio Armani . Exhibition by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in cooperation with the Kunstgewerbemuseum der Neue Nationalgalerie. New National Gallery Berlin
- Johann-Karl Schmidt : still life is real life. In: Robert Wilson: Remembering a Revolution. Gallery of the City of Stuttgart 1987.
- José Enrique Macián, Sue Jane Stocker, Jörn Weisbrodt (Eds.): The Watermill Center - A Laboratory for Performance: Robert Wilson's Legacy. English. Daco, Stuttgart 2011, ISBN 978-3-87135-054-2 .
- Mihail Moldoveanu: Composition, Light and Color in Robert Wilson's New Theater: Thinking with the Body. Daco, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-87135-047-8 .
- Ralph J. Poole: Performing Bodies. Crossing gender boundaries in the theater of the avant-garde. Lang, Frankfurt am Main 1996, ISBN 978-3-631-48906-2 .
- Franco Quadri, Franco Bertoni, and Robert Stearns: Robert Wilson. Daco, Stuttgart 1997, ISBN 3-87135-033-8 .
- Jo Röttger: Wilson's World - with a foreword by Andrzej T. Wirth . German English. Peperoni, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-941825-03-1 .
- Robert Wilson, Jan Linders (Ed.): Close-up: Robert Wilson: Lecture. Alexander, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-89581-165-3 . (Introductory work into Wilson's theatrical language accompanied by personal sketches and accompanying pictures)
- Absolute Wilson. 2006 documentary about the work and life of Robert Wilson of Katharina Otto-Bernstein (the film also appears a book with the same title - the film was at the Berlinale 2006 shown) - also known as DVD released
- Robert Wilson in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Robert Wilson website
- Entry by Robert Wilson at the Berlin Academy of the Arts, accessed on October 17, 2014
- Film Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern - director, stage, lighting, actors: Robert Wilson , staging for the Ruhrtriennale 2013
- Theater: Robert Wilson, genius in slow motion . In: Der Spiegel . No. 42 , 1976, pp. 217-220 ( online ).
- Robert Wilson, Director, on His Passion for Chairs in the New York Times .
- Andrzej Wirth. Theater scholar. In: Website of the International Heiner Müller Society
- Radio play of the month April 2016. In: Hörspielkritik.de. April 30, 2018, accessed August 2018 .
- Winner: Robert Wilson. Director and visual artist, USA from goethe.de, accessed on May 3, 2015.
- Honrary members. American Academy Arts and Letters, accessed January 13, 2019 .
- Award ceremony to Robert Wilson: Eva Kühne-Hörmann ( Memento of the original from February 16, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on the website of the Hein-Heckroth-Gesellschaft, accessed on April 13, 2015.
-  The Guardian, May 8, 2013, accessed June 22, 2018
- Remise du titre de Docteur Honoris Causa à Robert Wilson on the University of Paris website , accessed on April 13, 2015.
- Robert Wilson on landestheater-linz.at
- 13th ARD Radio Play Days 2016 - The prices. November 20, 2016, accessed August 2018 .
- Wilson's little noise music at spiegel.de , accessed on May 3, 2015.
- Irene Netta, Ursula Keltz: 75 years of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich . Ed .: Helmut Friedel. Self-published by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-88645-157-7 , p. 215 .
- Political Bodies. Robert Wilson Retrieved February 4, 2015.
- Thomas Kletschke: “Living Rooms” in the Louvre - Robert Wilson paints with video , accessed on February 4, 2015.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Wilson, Bob (nickname)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American director, playwright, painter, lighting designer, set designer, video artist and architect|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 4, 1941|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Waco , Texas|