Opera

Einstein on the Beach

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Sep 14—Sep 23, 2012
 
Performance dates & times
LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 4hrs 30min (no intermission; audience may leave and re-enter)
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE:  Starts at $28
SINGLE TICKET PRICE:  Starts at $40
 
 
 
Call 718.636.4100 for ticket availability 
 
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Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts
Robert Wilson
Philip Glass
Lucinda Childs

Presented in association with Pomegranate Arts

“Einstein On The Beach changed my life. Everything I thought musical theater was, abruptly wasn’t. St. Paul had his road to Damascus; mine was the Brooklyn-bound No. 4 train to Atlantic Avenue.”
—Bernard Holland, The New York Times

In 1976, audiences around the globe experienced a collective dream. Time slowed, sound tumbled everywhere and nowhere, and cryptic images froze in light. It was the collaboration of the century: Robert Wilson and Philip Glass, two chief manipulators of artistic time, joined forces in the name of another time-bender, Einstein, to create a visual, kinetic, and musical work that forever revolutionized the landscape of artistic achievement. Following critically acclaimed revivals in 1984 and 1992, Einstein on the Beach returns this fall as part of BAM's 150th anniversary celebrations.

With no story, hero, or heroine, Einstein unfolds as a hypnotic tableau, inspired by the poetic idea of a genius and propelled by Glass' sublime score. A cosmic chorus of syllables, numbers, streams of consciousness, and enigmatic poems–punctuated by Lucinda Childs' choreography–unfurls beneath Wilson's spectacular set, enlivening this epic, seminal masterwork of 20th-century performance.

The 2012 production of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts was commissioned by: BAM; the Barbican, London; Cal Performances University of California, Berkeley; Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity; De Nederlandse Opera/The Amsterdam Music Theatre; Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon; University Musical Society of the University of Michigan

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Leadership support by
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation
The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

 
 
 
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Sep 14 & 22, 6—11pm

BAM members attending Einstein on the Beach on September 14 and 22 can enjoy complimentary wine, cheese, and conversation with a sommelier in the BAMcafé courtesy of the British Airways Wine Club.

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