LSU Performing Arts Series Presents Pulitzer Prize Nominee Robert Wilson Oct. 7
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Performing Arts Series will proudly present acclaimed visionary director and artist Robert Wilson for a lecture and presentation on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaver Theatre, located in the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building.
Wilson’s presentation will combine hundreds of striking images from his prolific career, providing an intimate self-portrait of his creative process and astonishing aesthetic universe.
The New York Times described Robert Wilson as “a towering figure in the world of experimental theater.” His works integrate a wide variety of artistic media, combining movement, dance, lighting, furniture design, sculpture, music and text into a unified whole. Wilson’s awards and honors include the nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for “the CIVIL wars”; a Tony Award nomination for Best Score and Lyrics for “A Letter for Queen Victoria”; an OBIE Award for Direction of “Hamletmachine”; two Guggenheim Fellowship awards; the Golden Lion for sculpture from the Venice Biennale; and the National Design Award for lifetime achievement.
Wilson’s productions have decisively shaped the look of theater and opera. Regarded as a leader in Manhattan’s burgeoning avant-garde, Wilson and Philip Glass created the monumental “Einstein on the Beach,” which achieved world-wide acclaim and altered conventional notions of a moribund form. Through his signature use of light, investigations into the structure of a simple movement and the classical rigor of his scenic and furniture design, Wilson has continuously articulated the force and originality of his visions.
Today, Wilson continues to direct revivals of his most celebrated productions, including “The Black Rider” in London, San Francisco, and Sydney; “The Temptation of St. Anthony” in New York and Barcelona; “Erwartung” in Berlin; “Madama Butterfly” at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow and the L.A. Opera, “Het Muzziektheater” in Amsterdam, and Wagner’s “The Ring” at Le Chatelet in Paris. Wilson directs all Monteverdi Operas for the opera houses of La Scala in Milan and the Palais Garnier in Paris.
Wilson’s practice is firmly rooted in the fine arts and his drawings, furniture designs, and installations, Wilson’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. He has mounted installations at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, London’s Clink Street Vaults and the Guggenheim Musuems in New York and Bilbao.
Admission to Wilson’s presentation is free for LSU students, faculty & staff. General admission tickets are $10. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the LSU Performing Arts Series. The event is sponsored by LSU Performing Arts Fee.
For more information, visit LSU Theatre at www.theatre.lsu.edu, or call 225-578-3527.