The legendary double solo of Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs now passed on to two outstanding performers.
A complete change. I Was Sitting on my Patio… was directed by Robert Wilson in 1977, barely a year after the dynamic force of Einstein on the Beach. A monologue without drama has a stream of consciousness pouring forth, set in the simplicity of a black and white stage and driven by movements initially angular then feverish. A frenzy of words, uttered first by Robert Wilson himself, then repeated by Lucinda Childs marking them with the expressiveness of inner collapse. Clinical minimalism, formal austerity perceived through contradictions: nothing materializes, not even this guy in the title and the first words of the text. Nothing happens and everything happens; everything happens and happens again in individual difference, and will come back again and again, going round and round like a roundabout.
TEXT, CONCEPTION, DIRECTION ROBERT WILSON
CO-DIRECTION LUCINDA CHILDS
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR CHARLES CHEMIN
COSTUMES CARLOS SOTO
ASSOCIATE SET DESIGNER ANNICK LAVALLÉE-BENNY
ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER MARCELLO LUMACA
SOUND DESIGNER NICK SAGAR
MAKE UP DESIGN MANUELA HALLIGAN, VÉRONIQUE PFLUGER
MUSIC JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, FRANZ SCHUBERT, JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY, MICHAEL GALASSO
FILM PRODUCTION 1977 GRETTA WING MILLER
PHOTOGRAPHY LUCIE JANSCH
COSTUMES MADE BY FBG2211
SET MADE BY ATELIER ESPACE ET COMPAGNIE, VÉNISSIEUX
WIG NOÏ KARUNAYADHAJ
WITH CHRISTOPHER NELL AND JULIE SHANAHAN
Production Théâtre de la Ville – Paris
In association with EDM PRODUCTIONS - ELISABETTA DI MAMBRO/SIMONA FREMDER
I WAS SITTING ON MY PATIO THIS GUY APPEARED I THOUGHT I WAS HALLUCINATING WAS CREATED AT EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY ON APRIL 5, 1977, PERFORMED BY ROBERT WILSON AND LUCINDA CHILDS, MUSIC BY ALAN LLOYD.
Recreated on September 20 2021 at Théâtre de la Ville - Espace Cardin., Paris
Co-realisation Festival d'Automne à Paris
With the support of Dance Reflections de Van Cleef & Arpels
A mind-blowing monologue that can be listened to like in an awoken dream, fed by images of unspeakable beauty.
Toute la culture
A monument in the history of theater.
Bob Wilson’s visual work is here at its peak.Press review for download
Language: english (possibility of french surtitles)
Duration of the performance: 01:20
- 2 comedians
- 12 technicians
- 1 artistic collaborator of the director
- 1 production manager
- Show set-up D-3
- Dismantling of the show the day following the last performance
World premiere Théâtre de la Ville - Espace Cardin – 20 September to 23 October 2021
Teatro Goldoni, Venise – from 11 to 14 November 2021
Festival de Almada, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II., Lisbonne – 16 and 17 July 2022
Tel : +33 1 43 12 44 54