Robert Wilson

Director, Experimental Theater

November 6-10, 2011

Theater Director Robert Wilson collaborates with MIT Artist Elizabeth Goldring.

Robert Wilson is an American avant-garde stage director and playwright who has frequently been called the world’s foremost vanguard theater artist. His early activities often focused on work with blind and deaf actors and incorporated themes of autism. Over the course of his diverse career, Wilson has worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and light designer. He is perhaps best known for his inspired collaborations with artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne, and Philip Glass. With Glass, he created the monumental opera Einstein on the Beach (1976), which earned worldwide acclaim and altered conventional notions of form.

Wilson is coming to MIT to work with ACT artist Elizabeth Goldring, and her interdisciplinary team, who have developed technologies that address issues of blindness and partial sight using robotics. During a four-day workshop in the ACT Cube, they will develop new scenes for My New Friend SU: The Moon’s Other Side, a theatrical collaboration in which Goldring’s Eye Robot will play a role. The piece uses Goldring’s texts and seeing technologies; the workshop includes sketching, mock up and blocking, and technology experiments. Participants have prepared technologies for the stage that sonify light, enhance robotic movement and amplify vision.

Robert Wilson’s residency is made possible by the Arts at MIT Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with the MIT Museum, MIT’s Department of Music and Theater Arts, MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), and Elizabeth Goldring, ACT artist.

The workshop team includes: Ben Bloomberg, Nell Breyer, Sara Brown, Chris Clepper, Gershon Dublon, Elizabeth Goldring, Theo Issais, Tomashi Jackson, Ryan King-Shephard, Christopher Knowles, Everett Lawson, Edwina Portocarrero, Seth Riskin, Meg Rotzel, Sue Jane Stoker, Andrea Tevetkov, Elizabeth Watkins, Robert Wilson and Yi Fe Wu.

Visit Robert Wilson’s website.