Iconic BAM Artists

Robert Wilson

A native of Waco,Texas, Robert Wilson was educated at the University of Texas and arrived in New York in 1963 to attend Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. Soon thereafter,Wilson set to work with his Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds and, together with his company, developed his first signature works. Regarded as a leader of Manhattan's then-burgeoning downtown art scene, Wilson turned his attention to large-scale opera and, with Philip Glass, created the monumental Einstein on the Beach (1976), which achieved worldwide acclaim and altered conventional notions of a moribund form.

Following Einstein, Wilson worked increasingly with major European theaters and opera houses. In collaboration with internationally renowned writers and performers, Wilson created landmark original works that were featured regularly at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Der Berliner Ensemble, the Schaubühne in Berlin, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Salzburg Festival, and BAM's Next Wave Festival. He has also applied his striking formal language to the operatic repertoire. Wilson continues to direct revivals of his most celebrated productions, and with a practice firmly rooted in the fine arts, he often exhibits his drawings, furniture designs, and installations in museums and galleries internationally. Every summer Wilson decamps to the Watermill Center, a laboratory for the arts and humanities in eastern Long Island that brings together students and experienced professionals in a multidisciplinary environment dedicated to creative collaboration. Among his numerous awards and honors are an Obie for direction, the Golden Lion for sculpture from the Venice Biennale, and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. He has been named a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. 


 
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Robert Wilson at BAM
 
 
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Life & Times of Joseph Stalin (1973)
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Life & Times of Joseph Stalin (1973)
Gerd Kunath in The Black Rider (1993); Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, and William Burroughs/Thalia Theater.
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Gerd Kunath in The Black Rider (1993); Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, and William Burroughs/Thalia Theater.
Annette Paulmann in Alice (1995); Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, and Paul Schmidt/Thalia Theater.
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Annette Paulmann in Alice (1995); Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, and Paul Schmidt/Thalia Theater.
Annette Paulmann in Time Rocker (1997); Robert Wilson, Lou Reed, and Darryl Pinckney/Thalia Theater.
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Annette Paulmann in Time Rocker (1997); Robert Wilson, Lou Reed, and Darryl Pinckney/Thalia Theater.
A Dream Play (2000); Robert Wilson/Stockholm’s Stadsteater.
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A Dream Play (2000); Robert Wilson/Stockholm’s Stadsteater.
Hans-Jörg Frey and Stephan Schad in POEtry (2001); Lou Reed and Robert Wilson/Thalia Theater.
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Hans-Jörg Frey and Stephan Schad in POEtry (2001); Lou Reed and Robert Wilson/Thalia Theater.
Jens Jørn Spottag and Troels Il Munk in Woyzeck (2002), Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, and Robert Wilson.
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Jens Jørn Spottag and Troels Il Munk in Woyzeck (2002), Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan, and Robert Wilson.
Carl Hancock Rux and Helga Davis in The Temptation of St. Anthony (2004), Robert Wilson and Bernice Johnson Reagon.
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Carl Hancock Rux and Helga Davis in The Temptation of St. Anthony (2004), Robert Wilson and Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Isabelle Huppert in Quartett (2009), Robert Wilson/Michael Galasso.
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Isabelle Huppert in Quartett (2009), Robert Wilson/Michael Galasso.
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Robert Wilson Iconic Artist Talk (2011)
 
 
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Performance History
Robert Wilson at BAM
The Life & Times of Sigmund Freud
Dec 18 & 20, 1969; April 22 & 23, 1970
Deafman Glance
Feb 25 & Mar 5, 1971
The Life & Times of Joseph Stalin
Dec 14, 15, 21, 22, 1973
The $ Value of Man
May 8—11, 15—18, 1975
Einstein on the Beach
Dec 11—23, 1984
The Golden Windows
Oct 22—Nov 3, 1985
The Civil Wars
Dec 14—30, 1986
The Forest
Dec 2—10, 1988
Einstein on the Beach
Nov 19—23, 1992
The Black Rider
Nov 20—Dec 1, 1993
Alice
Oct 6—14, 1995
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Einstein on the Beach 2012 Official Trailer
 
 
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The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud
Robert Wilson's first production at BAM was this “three act dance-theater play” with his Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds.


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Einstein on the Blog
Wed, Jul 11, 2012
Tue, May 29, 2012
Fri, Jan 20, 2012
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What is Einstein on the Beach?
 
 
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Time Rocker
Nov 12—23, 1997
Monsters of Grace
Dec 9—20, 1998
A Dream Play
Nov 28—Dec 3, 2000
POEtry
Nov 27—Dec 8, 2001
Woyzeck
Oct 29—Nov 16, 2002
The Temptation of St Anthony
Oct 19—24, 2004
Peer Gynt
April 11—16, 2006
Quartett
Nov 4—7, 10—14, 2009
Threepenny Opera
Oct 4—8, 2011
Einstein on the Beach
Sep 14—23, 2012
The Old Woman
Jun 22—29, 2014
Shakespeare's Sonnets
Oct 7—12, 2014
Robert Wilson's website 
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