Performance dates & times

Saturday 24 Aug
7:00 PM, 9:30 PM

Running Time 1 hour 10 minutes

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Robert Wilson is one of the more influential and groundbreaking forces of theatre in the world today.

Since the late 1960s, his productions have decisively shaped theatre and opera, creating such pivotal works as Einstein on the Beach with Philip Glass and The Black Rider with Tom Waits, as well as collaborating with the likes of Marina Abramovic, Isabelle Huppert and Lady Gaga.

In an Australian exclusive premiere and his first ever live performance on our shores, Wilson takes to the stage solo, paying homage to the great, iconoclastic composer John Cage.

Cage’s 1961 work Lecture on Nothing has been called one of the central moments in experimental literature, a wry and sometimes hilarious dismantling of language, performance, expectation and the self. In Wilson’s hands, the famous dissertation becomes transcendent. Both austere and playful, irreverent and generous, the lecture upends expectations with a transcendent relish. Built around a complex, cyclical time scheme drawn from some of Cage’s music, the performance unites two contemporary masters in their fields to create something beyond words. Nothing to it.

Robert Wilson performs John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing – USA is an individually ticketed event.

Creative Team

Created, directed and performed by
Robert Wilson
Associate director and performer
Tilman Hecker
Associate director
Ann-Christin Rommen
Stephan Buchberger
Manu Halligan
Arno Kraehahn
Tomek Jeziorski
Technical director
Reinhard Bichsel
Light board operator
Marcello Lumaca / Roberto Gelmett
Stage and props
Monica Danielsson
Director's assistant
Fernando de Testa
Executive producer
Change Performing Arts
Production manager
Virginia Forlani
Originally commissioned and produced by RuhrTriennale

  • Change Performing Arts
  • The Watermill

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