|Dance4 has invited Dance Artist Sally Doughty to perform a response to Einstein on the Beach (1976) artefacts and the original performance score created by choreographer Lucinda Childs, which are currently part of Backlit Gallery‘s exhibition.
Referencing the artefacts, Lucinda Childs’ choreographic approach and scores for performance, Hourglass will see Sally create and document her movements all in the space of an hour, timed by an hourglass.
This event is FREE but booking is essential.
A little bit of history…
Einstein on the Beach is a revolutionary opera by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson and is recognised as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century. It has a formalist approach based on structured spaces, minimalist sets, an exuberantly complex score, and distinctive choreography by Lucinda Childs. It portrays Einstein purely as a historical figure and incorporates symbols from his life within the opera’s scenery, characters and music.
Nearly four decades after its first staging, Backlit have reimagined the unique visual, dramatic and musical languages of Einstein on the Beach through the exhibition of props, manuscripts, stage designs and music from the original 1976 performance.
Although primarily an exhibition showcasing the stage innovator Robert Wilson, Backlit have also brought together work produced by the show’s other co-creators during its development between 1973 and 1976, alongside more contemporary pieces relating to its re-emergence decades on. The exhibition will include Wilson’s rarely seen storyboards for the piece, texts by Christopher Knowles, a musical score by Philip Glass, a choreographic score by Lucinda Childs and a stage direction from Andy De Groat. Wilson’s iconic Einstein Chair, originally created for the performance will also be on view, alongside Wilson’s video portrait of Lucinda Childs from his Video Portrait series. This portrait explores the links between Einstein on the Beach and its leading actress, dancer and choreographer Lucinda Childs.