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18 October 2021

Robert Wilson Back to Sofia a month before The Tempest

Robert Wilson Back to Sofia a month before The Tempest

Tickets for the National Theatre’s smash hit production will be released in the next few days, premieres: 18, 19 November, Grand Stage

Internationally acclaimed American theatre stage director, Mr Robert Wilson landed at Sofia Airport a month to the day of the most eagerly anticipated premiere of the upcoming season. The most famous contemporary experimental stage director is back to Bulgaria for the final weeks of rehearsals for Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Premieres: 18, 19 November 2021, at 7:00 pm, Grand Stage; shows on 14, 16, 17 November at 8:00 pm, Grand Stage. Tickets for the shows will be released in the next few days.

Robert Wilson landed at Sofia Airport on Sunday with his creatives: Co-director: Ann-Christin Rommen; Costume Design/Makeup: Yashi Tabassomi; Lighting Programming and Supervision: Marcello Lumaca; Sound Design: Dario Felli; Dramaturg: Uta Ferbers and Set Design: Marie de Testa.

The second session of rehearsals begins today and the tickets for the three premieres and the following performances will be released in the next few days.

Robert Wilson gained global recognition as one of the greatest experimental theatremakers for his groundbreaking productions, and deservedly so; he is also valorised as a writer, performer, painter, choreographer, sculptor, video artist, scenographer and sound and lighting designer.

The final cast members are already known following the end of the first session of rehearsals for The Tempest held 1–18 June 2021.

He received a BFA in architecture from the Pratt Institute in New York. Together with composer Philip Glass he staged the opera Einstein on the Beach that has been prominently performed across the globe over the years. Recently, in collaboration with the Berliner Ensemble, he put on some of his best productions such as Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, Georg Büchner’s Leonce and Lena, Lulu by Frank Wedekind and Shakespeare’s Sonnets. His latest stagings include also Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco, Marin Sorescu National Theatre of Craiova, Romania; Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Spoleto, Italy; Pushkin’s Fairy Tales, Theatre of Nations, Moscow; Mary Said What She Said, a “monologue in three parts” with Isabelle Huppert, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris (2019).

He has worked with a number of celebrities from various creative fields such as Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Marina Abramović, Susan Sontag, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Steve Buscemi, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Lady Gaga. In 1991, he founded The Watermill Center, a laboratory for performance, based in New York City.

Photos: Anton Markov

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