|Einstein... on the beach|
Yet even as Glass and Wilson traipsed around the globe, performing new works throughout the late 70s and early 80s, audiences were still abuzz for Einstein. Eight years later, in 1984’s Next Wave Festival, BAM produced a revival of Einstein (alongside a documentary about the piece, Einstein on the Beach and the Changing Image of Opera). Glass and Wilson brought on a new choreographer, Lucinda Childs, who had danced in the original production, and who had collaborated with Wilson at BAM in her 1981 piece, Relative Calm. In The New York Times, Mel Gussow noted in his review of the restaging that Childs’ choreography “is more like stop-action photography than whirling-dervish movements,” the latter of which is a signature of DeGroat’s.
|Einstein program from 1984. Download entire program here.|
The grand tour for 2012’s Einstein kicks off tonight at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where rehearsals have been held. For the next year, performances will take place in Europe, the US, Canada, and Mexico. It will return to Next Wave for the third time in September—giving Einstein a tie with Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut for the Most Performed Piece in the Next Wave Festival!