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Susanne Kennedy / M. Selg / P. Glass

2023|24 Season, Opera performance 2023|24 Season, Opera performance

Susanne Kennedy / M. Selg / P. Glass

Einstein on the Beach

with Philharmonie and Festival d’Automne

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Grande Halle

duration: 3h30

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Stage director Susanne Kennedy and visual artist Markus Selg tackle the monumental “anti-opera” Einstein on the Beach, revisited as a dizzying visual maelstrom. A psychedelic recreation, carried by high-caliber performers.

Forty-seven years after it creation Einstein on the Beach takes on a novel shape. The fine-tuned staging imagined by Robert Wilson in order to embrace Philip Glass’s repetitive music motifs is answered today by a profusion of explosive colors and movements. Video projections mark the passage of time on a sandy post-apocalyptic landscape where performers practice strange ceremonials and shamanic dances. The audience can venture out as well, while narrators willfully roam the venue. It’s one of the personal and daring touches of this reinterpretation imagined by Susanne Kennedy. She also took some liberties with the original text, cutting some parts and adding others. Philip Glass’s partition only shines more powerfully, carried by the vocal ensembles Basler Madrigalisten and Phoenix Basel, led by André de Ridder. A rare occasion to (re)discover a masterpiece of the 20th century.

Practical information

From 23 to 26 November 2023
Thursday and Friday 7pm
Saturday 6pm
Sunday 4pm

Duration 3h30 Entry and exit options during the performance

Getting here

Porte de Pantin

Porte de Pantin

75,151 : Porte de Pantin

Show in English with French surtitles


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Production credits

Production Theater Basel (Bâle) en collaboration avec le Berliner Festspiele (Berlin) et le Wiener Festwochen (Vienne) Coproduction La Villette (Paris), La Philharmonie de Paris, Festival d’Automne à Paris Einstein On the Beach by Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, © 1976 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc, Used by Permission. Movements in Dance 2 by G. I. Gurdjief

Musique Ensemble vocal Basler Madrigalisten, Ensemble Phoenix

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