In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Festival d’Automne à Paris in presenting Robert Wilson’s I was sitting on my patio this guy appeared I thought I was hallucinating.
Forty-four years after creating I was sitting on my patio this guy appeared I thought I was hallucinating, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs pass along their roles to two new interpreters in this twinned one-person-show.
I was sitting on my patio… is a play of rupture. Robert Wilson produced it in 1977, barely a year after the heady energy of Einstein on the Beach. A plodding monologue fills the work with a senseless stream of associations and ideas, all framed in the stark purity of a monochromatic set and animated by movements at first angular, then feverish. This verbal channel-surfing, conveyed first by Robert Wilson in a jarring, haggard monologue, is then taken up by Lucinda Childs, who imbues him with the expressiveness of an internal collapse¾delivering, in the prism of its contradiction, a clinical minimalism, a formal austerity. Nothing happens—certainly not the arrival of “this guy” from the title and the first words of the work. Nothing happens, everything takes place; everything comes and comes back in this estrangement of self, then comes back again, like a carousel.
Frédéric Maurin for the Festival d’Automne à Paris
Photo: © Lucie Jansch
About the artists
In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting director Robert Wilson in the creation of Relative Calm and its presentation at La Villette.
In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the choreographer Lucinda Childs for her creation Relative Calm and its presentation at La Villette. The initiative is also presenting Dance performed by Lyon Opera Ballet, in collaboration with New York City Center.