March 17, 2010
Robert Wilson will direct performances in the UI Department of Theatre Arts
Legendary theater director Robert Wilson will be in residence at the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts March 22-27 to direct a workshop production of "Light Leaves," a new play by UI faculty member Dare Clubb (left). Performances of the work-in-progress will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, in Theater B of the Theatre Building.
Free tickets will be available at the Theatre Building box office from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26. Seating is very limited.
The UI residency continues Wilson's exploration of Clubb's experimental text, which began last summer with a workshop at Wilson's Watermill Institute on Long Island. Major funding by the UI Arts and Humanities Initiative and the UI theater department has supported both workshops.
One of the most influential theater artists of recent decades, Wilson has worked as a director, choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist and sound and lighting designer, and is best known for his collaborations with Philip Glass on "Einstein on the Beach." He has worked with numerous other artists, as well, including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Waits and David Byrne.
Wilson's long relationship with the UI began in 1970 with his direction of his breakthrough work "Deafman Glance" at the UI Center for New Performing Arts. "The Knee Plays," from his 1985 collaboration with Byrne, "the CIVIL wars," and his Glass collaboration, "Monsters of Grace," were presented by Hancher Auditorium. His video installation, "Voom Portraits" was presented by the UI Museum of Art in 2008.
The New York Times described Wilson as "a towering figure in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of time and space onstage." Susan Sontag added that Wilson's career "has the signature of a major artistic creation. I can't think of any body of work as large or as influential."
Clubb, who has taught in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop since 1999, was named a UI Faculty Scholar in 2009. He recently returned from New Delhi, where he taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University's Institute for Advanced Studies.
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