Robert Wilson

1941 (Waco, Tex.) –

Wilson’s stage productions, with their radical approach to space, time and language, have made him highly influential in and beyond the theatre. Sontag was a staunch supporter, Noguchi a friend. Aragon (later subject of one of his video portraits) hailed his arrival. Glass (most famously), Müller, Burroughs, Waits, Anderson, Andriessen, Byrne, Ginsberg, Lucier, Reed, Abramovic, Sakamoto and Childs were all drawn into collaboration. Meeting Beckett (who praised him) intimidated him. Robbins was interested in the way he worked with brain-damaged children. Chaplin visited him backstage. Dietrich, over dinner, told him the difficulty was to place the voice with the face.

Robert Wilson knew…