Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Absolute Wilson

The avant-garde theater director is outlined in this slow-moving documentary. Although I'm familiar with the music associated with him, i.e. Philip Glass' Einstein On The Beach and Tom Waits' The Black Rider, I was completely unfamiliar with Robert Wilson's theater work. His piece "KA MOUNtain and GUARDenia Terrace" was a continuous 7-day long performance on a mountaintop in Iran which caused the hospitalization of himself and some of his performers for exhaustion and dehydration, and is just one of his pieces which test the boundaries of time, music, language, and movement. Absolute Wilson also tests the endurance of the viewer by examining the inexhaustible director/playwright/choreographer/artist and his prodigious output.

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