Seasoned director and playwright Robert wilson will speak about his decades-long career at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Thursday, February 20.
The event titled “Re-Setting the Stage: In Conversation with Robert Wilson” will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Those who arrive early can enjoy a happy hour at the Dolcezza Café in the lobby from 5.30pm.
Wilson to join Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu in a conversation about his career redefining art, design and the theatrical experience.
“Celebrated as one of the most important living directors and stage designers of this century, Wilson’s productions have decisively shaped the appearance of theater and opera. Since the late 1960s, Wilson has continually articulated the strength and originality of his vision through his use of light, his research into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigor of his stage and furniture design, ” indicates the event folder.
“Wilson’s collaborations with prominent artists, writers and musicians, such as his famous 1976 collaboration with a composer Philippe Glass on Einstein on the Beach – continues to fascinate audiences around the world.
Among the writers and musicians who have collaborated with Wilson are Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed, Jessye Norman, and Anne Calvi.
He also worked on Samuel Beckett ‘s Krapp’s Last Band, Brecht / Weill ‘s Quart’s opera, Claude Debussy‘s Pelléas and Mélisande, Goethe ‘s Faust, Homer‘s Odyssey, Jean de la Fontaine‘s Fables, Puccini‘s Madame Papillon, Verdi ‘s La Traviata and Sophocles‘s Oedipus.
The event is free, but registration is required, which you can do via Eventbrite. The organizers recommend claiming a ticket for a guaranteed seat as the program is expected to be full.
The Hirshhorn Museum is located at Independence Ave SW and 7th St SW, Washington, DC