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WAITING with peace and darkness Curated by Robert Wilson

Craftsmanship in the world of theatre

Experience the staging of an iconic production

Enter a rich visual world in this evocative exhibition which demonstrates the importance of master artisans to the world of theatre. Discover the singular vision of iconic American visual artist and director Robert Wilson, whose 1993 production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Paris Opera was inspired by Japanese theatrical traditions. Drawing on elements of this production, Wilson transforms the former Gandini swimming pool into a dramatic stage with his signature use of lighting, sound and visual effects. Enjoy video footage of famed choreographer Suzushi Hanayagi, original costumes by Frida Parmeggiani, ink drawings by Wilson himself and props made by Japanese artisans including the exquisitely lacquered WAITING chair upon which Butterfly sits.

A life-changing experience
Open your mind to the magic of Japanese theatre

In the 1970s Robert Wilson travelled to Japan, a mind-opening visit he says changed his life forever. The theatrical stars he met there, and the experience he had of kabuki and noh theatre were, he says, a validation of what he was doing in his own work. The result of this life-changing visit is reflected in this immersive experience, which invites visitors to enter a suspended space rich in visual and artisanal references, where the craftsmanship of Japanese theatre is illuminated to stunning effect. Enter with your own mind open and give yourself over to the sense of peace and awe to be found in this remarkable exhibition.

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