Philip Glass, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs decipher Einstein on the Beach at Luminato 2012

Luminato 2012 had the great idea of getting together the creators of “Einstein on the Beach” for a public conversation.

I was invited, and here are the audio recording and some pics.

The beautiful poster of LUMINATO 2012

At $20/ticket it was a bargain and the room was packed.

Luminato secured one of the beautiful spaces in this city (the Baillie Court – Baillie of RIM fame – at the Art Gallery of Ontario) and the room was packed!

Listen the audio files at the bottom and you’ll find gems such as:
– Robert Wilson: The title Einstein on the Beach comes from adjoining Einstein with a famous 1957 novel
– Philip Glass: I loved Lucinda but I thought about working with her “she’s going to put me out of business, she is dancing without using music!”
Luminato Festival ‏@Luminato Wilson & Glass created form of “Einstein” like an architect builds an apartment building – the interior is open for redecorating #LMBigBang
Luminato Festival ‏@Luminato Philip Glass: We hadn’t played “Einstein” all the way through until opening night. We didn’t even know how long it was. #LMBigBang
Luminato Festival ‏@Luminato
Glass first saw Childs in a silent performance – thought it was great, but she’d put him out of a job #LMBigBang


=== Sound files (play or download clicking the link) === 

Luminato2012 PhilipGlass Panel 1

(introduction by Luminato’s artistic director Jorn Weisbrodt)


Luminato2012 PhilipGlass Panel 2

(Jorn, Lucinda 1:55, Philip about meeting Lucinda, Jorn, Bob Wilson 6:40, etc.)


Luminato2012 PhilipGlass Panel 3


Luminato2012 PhilipGlass Panel 4


Luminato2012 PhilipGlass Panel 5


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  1. Thank you so much for this! Was a great discussion to attend and some wonderful insight was given by the artists! I came from Edmonton to attend.

    • This is fantastic, Rob, you coming from Edmonton. Lucky Torontonians! Thank you for sharing your joy of being there.

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