Since the late 1960s, Robert Wilson's productions have decisively shaped the look of theatre and opera. Through his signature use of light, his investigations into the structure of a simple movement, and the classical rigour of his scenic and furniture design, Wilson has continuously articulated the force and originality of his vision. Wilson's close ties and collaborations with leading artists, writers and musicians continue to fascinate audiences worldwide.
Of Wilson's artistic career, Susan Sontag has said “it has the signature of a major artistic creation. I can't think of any body of work as large or as influential.” Wilson was educated at the University of Texas and arrived in New York in 1963 to attend Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. Soon thereafter, Wilson set to work with his Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds and, together with his company, developed his first signature. Regarded as a leader of Manhattan's then-burgeoning downtown art scene, Wilson turned his attention to large-scale opera and with Philip Glass created the monumental Einstein on the Beach (1976), which achieved worldwide acclaim and altered conventional notions of a moribund form.
Wilson has worked with major European theaters and opera houses collaborating on landmark original works that were featured regularly at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Der Berliner Ensemble, the Schaubühne in Berlin, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, the Salzburg Festival. His numerous awards and honors include an Obie award for direction, a Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennale, the 3rd Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the Premio Europa award from Taormina Arte, two Guggenheim Fellowship awards, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship award, a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has been named a "Commandeur des arts et des letters" by the French Minister of Culture.
Hans-Peter Kuhn is an artist based in Berlin whose primary interest lies in the creation of unusual audio environments. He has collaborated internationally with theatre director Robert Wilson, including on the Artangel project H.G., devising a series of compelling and original soundscapes to complement Wilson's epic stage visions. When Kuhn sets about making an installation for a particular place, he succeeds in transforming both architecture and ambience through the subtle juxtaposition of incongruous sound sources. Recent commissions include the Neville Street installation in Leeds and he is working towards a permanent work infront of the oldest building in Pasadena, California.