Einstein on the Beach
Philip Glass / Richard Wilson / Lucinda Childs (USA)
VISUAL / Sat 10 - Mon 12 June / 1pm - 5.30pm / FREE but ticketed
Widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, this rarely performed work launched its director Robert Wilson, composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs to international success when it was first produced at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in 1976. Nearly four decades after it was rst performed, Einstein on the Beach was remounted and filmed, bringing this ground-breaking work to new audiences and an entirely new generation. Carlow will be the first festival audience in the world to see this work publicly screened.
Einstein on the Beach breaks all the rules of conventional opera. Instead of a traditional orchestral arrangement, Glass chose to compose the work for the synthesisers, woodwinds and voices of the Philip Glass Ensemble. The piece is mesmeric, visually stunning and non-narrative in form.
Taking place over four and half hours, the audience is invited to enter and exit at liberty during the screening.