direction, set design and lighting concept Robert Wilson
with Robert Wilson
music Arno Kraehahn
video Tomek Jeziorski
associates Tilman Hecker / Ann-Christin Rommen
man with binoculars Tilman Hecker
commissioned and produced by Ruhrtriennale
executive production Change Performing Arts
As a homage to John Cage, Robert Wilson holds John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing one of the central texts of twentieth century experimental literature. With his formal approach to texts and materials, freeing the imagination, Robert Wilson is the perfect Cage performer. Cage’s lecture is exclusively composed according to musical criteria, and its subject is the lecture itself and its continuation. The pulse and the pauses taken by voice, the tempi and the sound of language stand at the foreground. This creates a domination-free space between text and silence, a language/music of sound and silence.
"Cage’s text is charming, often amusing, often quotable, equally often intentionally infuriating and profoundly thought provoking. The composer was in a period of transition, moving away from somewhat traditional composition to the making of music that incorporated chance elements and that treated silence with devout respect. [...]
Wilson makes exceptionally beautiful things. His stage props belong in museums. Yet his theater is non-narrative, only understood by experiencing it, living it.
"All I know about method", Cage writes at the end of "Lecture on Nothing", "is that when I am not working I sometimes think I know something, but when I am working, it is quite clear that I know nothing.’ Others might call that enlightenment. Wilson, sublimely, showed why".
Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, October 16, 2013