Universally hailed as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach” makes its highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere on Friday, October 11. It’s a piece that breaks all of the conventional rules of opera. Instead of a traditional orchestral arrangement, Glass chose to compose the work for the synthesizers, woodwinds and voices of the Philip Glass Ensemble. With no “true” story line, Einstein uses a series of powerful recurring images along with abstract dance sequences by choreographer Lucinda Childs. Although it is structured in four interconnected acts and divided by a series of short scenes or “knee plays,” there are no traditional intermissions. Instead, the audience is invited to wander in and out at liberty during the performance.”Einstein” just completed a highly successful Australian run at the Arts Centre Melbourne and in addition to sold out houses, it also garnered critical acclaim in the Melbourne press including the Herald Sun and The Australian.
Don’t miss the last North American performances of this historic production that will mark the last time Glass, Wilson and Childs collaborate on this piece. A limited number of good seats are still available.
Check out our FEATURE STORIES on “Einstein on the Beach” to learn more about this groundbreaking production as well as the other “Einstein”- themed enrichment activities happening in LA to celebrate the production’s revival in collaboration with LA Opera.