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Robert Wilson: John Cage's Lecture on Nothing

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM in Royce Hall (concert details and ticketing)

In a visually and acoustically inspiring homage to revolutionary composer and philosopher John Cage, American theater luminary Robert Wilson performs Lecture on Nothing, one of the central texts of 20th-century experimental literature.

Originally delivered in 1949 by the composer himself at an artists’ club in New York, Lecture on Nothing eventually became part of his 1961 collection of essays entitled Silence.

“I have nothing to say, and I am saying it. And that is poetry.” Cage wrote.

Wilson’s compelling theatrical adaptation of Lecture on Nothing is accompanied by music from composer Arno Kraehahn and visual elements from video artist Tomek Jeziorski. His creative framework and live performance of this seminal work extends it beyond a theatrical performance to become a deeply personal homage to the influential life and work of an artist.

One of the most significant theater-makers in American history, Robert Wilson is revered as a creator of landmark original works, including the 1976 large-scale opera Einstein on the Beach with composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs, which comes to Los Angeles for the first time this October, presented by LA Opera in collaboration with CAP UCLA.

Wilson’s work with major US and European theaters and opera houses includes Parsifal, The Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly and more. He is also an accomplished fine artist whose drawings, furniture designs and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.

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