Robert Wilson

Director
United States

Portrait of Robert Wilson

In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting director Robert Wilson in the creation of BACH 6 SOLO in collaboration with Lucinda Childs. This piece, as well as the revival of I was sitting on my patio..., is presented as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Festival d’Automne à Paris in co-production with Théâtre de la Ville.

Born in Waco, Texas, Robert Wilson is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists. His works for the stage are unique in their unconventional integration of 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 worldwide acclaim of audiences and critics alike.

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 (1974-1975). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976).

Robert Wilson’s artistic collaborators include many writers and musicians, such as Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed, Jessye Norman and Anna Calvi. He has also left his imprint on masterworks such as Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Brecht/Weill’s Threepenny Opera, Debussy’s Pelléas et Melisande, Goethe’s Faust, Homer’s Odyssey, Jean de la Fontaine’s Fables, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata and Sophocles’ Oedipus.

Robert 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 world. Robert Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for the Arts in Water Mill, New York.

 

Photo : Robert Wilson © Yiorgos Kaplanidis