Robert Wilson, the leading American avant-guarde theatre director, revolutionised the stage by making visual communication more important than words. His productions cut across the boundaries that traditionally have defined theatre, dance, opera and the visual arts to create a total work of art. This book, the first comprehensive study of Wilson, traces the evolution of the director's astonishing career. It explains how Wilson renovated the stage and describes in detail major productions such as: DEAFman Glance, Einstein on the Beach, and CIVIL WarS.
Table of Contents1. Contextualising Wilson: from semiotics to semantics; 2. The cracked kettle; 3. Alchemy of the eye; 4. The deep surface; 5. The dream work 6. The valley of the shadow: trauma and transcendence; 7. The revolution continues.