Theater

Shakespeare's Sonnets

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US Premiere
 
Oct 7—Oct 12, 2014
 
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LOCATION:
Peter Jay Sharp Building
 
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
RUN TIME: 2hrs 45min (with intermission)
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Berliner Ensemble
By Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright
Sonnet selection by Jutta Ferbers

"the audience reacted to almost every single sonnet with rapturous applause”
—Der Spiegel

Iambic pentameter gets a surreal makeover in this pop-opera romp through Shakespeare’s sonnets from director Robert Wilson and composer Rufus Wainwright. The Bard’s enigmatic poems are pared down to 25 selections, set to everything from medieval German Minnesang to cabaret rock and performed by Bertolt Brecht’s historic Berliner Ensemble. As pallid, genderqueer[1] dramatis personæ, the virtuosic performers smirk and sneer through expressionistic slapstick, while Wilson’s signature sculpting of time, light[2], and gesture evokes an absurdist dream.

Directing, stage design, lighting concept by Robert Wilson
Music by Rufus Wainwright
Costume design by Jacques Reynaud
Conducted by Hans-Jörn Brandenburg, Stefan Rager
Co-direction by Ann-Christin Rommen
Lighting by Andreas Fuchs and Ulrich Eh

In German with English titles

Leadership support provided by:

The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust

Aashish & Dinyar Devitre

 
 
 
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Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright
Wed, Oct 8, 2014
 
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Wed, Oct 8, 2014
 

Iconic director Robert Wilson and celebrated composer Rufus Wainwright discuss their collaboration on Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the process of bringing 25 of the Bard’s poems to the stage.

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Thu, Oct 9, 2014
 
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Thu, Oct 9, 2014
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Robert Wilson achieved worldwide acclaim, along with Philip Glass, for their monumental large-scale opera Einstein on the Beach, which altered conventional notions of a moribund form.

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Rufus Wainwright is one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation, having carved out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance, and film.

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