Media Arts Program

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.


UB Department of Art, Techné Institute of Arts & Technology, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art, UB College of Arts & Sciences, UB Humanities Institute, UB Department of Music, UB Department of Media Study, Albright Knox Art Gallery, & Hallwalls present

Robert Wilson
The Theater and the Theater Outside the Theater

(38 min.)

A FREE film screening in Hallwalls' Cinema in advance of the artist's October 9th Talk at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Auditorium

This film—a compilation of documentary footage taken by Wilson and his production crew of his various projects (1967–2013)—offers an unprecedented opportunity to see the arc of Wilson's extraordinary 50-plus year career. Filled with remarkable dramatic moments and rarely seen footage of performances from around the globe, including a performance at the 1972 Shiraz Arts Festival in pre-revolutionary Iran [see below], the film offers a rare look at Wilson's celebrated career.
Other performances included in this exclusive compilation include the early loft performance Baby Blood (1967); Einstein on the Beach (1976); The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets (1991), with script by William S. Burroughs & music by Tom Waits; I La Galigo (2004); and Peter Pan (Berlin, 2013).

Courtesy of Robert Wilson © Bahman Jalali.

"Among the Western theater artists who [have] participated in the Shiraz Arts Festival [is] the American director Robert Wilson, known for such boundary-pushing works as Einstein at the Beach, his 1976 collaboration with the composer Philip Glass. In 1972, Wilson staged an outdoor performance, 'KA MOUNTAIN AND GUARDenia TERRACE: a story about a family and some people changing,' over the course of seven days, or 168 hours, at the Shiraz Festival."