Robert WILSON (born 4 October 1941) is an internationally acclaimed American
avant-garde stage director and playwright who has been called "[America]'s — or
even the world's — foremost vanguard 'theater artist’». Over
the course of his wide-ranging career, he has also worked as a choreographer,
performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer.
He is best known for his collaborations with Philip Glass on Einstein on the
Beach –the musical has been selected by Mr. Gerard Mortier, the new Belgian General Manager of the New York City Opera, as one of the opening pieces for the next season - and with numerous other artists, including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits, and David Byrne. Wilson was born in Waco, Texas, and studied Business Administration before moving to Brooklyn in 1963 to receive a BFA in architecture from the Pratt Institute in 1965.
Wilson is known for pushing the boundaries of theatre. His works are noted for their austere style, very slow movement, and often extreme scale in space or in time. The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin was a 12-hour performance, while KA MOUNTain and GUARDenia Terrace was staged on a mountaintop in Iran and lasted seven days. In addition to his work for the stage, Wilson creates sculpture, drawings, and furniture designs. He won the Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennale for a sculptural installation. Wilson is the subject of a 2006 documentary by Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Absolute Wilson.