Robert Wilson Wants to Collaborate with Jay-Z

Wilson, 2012. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

In an article over at The Guardian about a tour of one of director Robert Wilson’s latest projects, Walking—which includes a sound installation of a recording of crickets “slowed down by Tom Waits”—Mr. Wilson tells the author that he has several collaborations in the hopper, and said he wants to work with, and has already visited, musician Jay-Z.

From the story:

Wilson – a great polymath – has worked with everyone from Marina Abramovic to Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs to Lou Reed. Wilson met Samuel Beckett several times and although they never worked together, he is heading to Enniskillen this week to perform Krapp’s Last Tape, which Beckett wrote for a 70-year-old man. He is also planning a production of Peter Pan with CocoRosie, the half-Cherokee folk singing sisters. He adds: “I want to work with Jay-Z. I went to see him the other day. But CocoRosie, they are great.” The sisters recently stayed with him at the Watermill, the arts centre he founded on Long Island 20 years ago, and which he considers home. What would he do with Jay-Z? “Oh, I don’t know,” he says. This particular collaboration is definitely not up for discussion.

Mr. Wilson first made a name for himself in 1976 when he and Phillip Glass collaborated on a five-hour no-intermission opera called Einstein on the Beach. And while a revival of that opera is coming to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this fall, and though Mr. Wilson has been busy the world over with commissions for his abstract theatrical productions, he hasn’t had a commission in New York for 21 years. He seems a little bitter about it. “New York is very provincial. They’re very cut-off, they don’t have an awareness of so much that is going on in the world,” he said.

Maybe a collaboration with Jay-Z is just what New Yorkers need to open their minds and be a little less provincial.

Robert Wilson Wants to Collaborate with Jay-Z