Rare performance of Einstein on the Beach

The Barbican will present the first ever UK performances of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts in May 2012 as part of its contemporary opera season Present Voices and the London 2012 Festival.

Widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, this rarely performed work launched its creators to international success when the Byrd Hoffman Foundation originally presented it in 1976.
Non-narrative in form, the work uses a series of powerful recurrent images as its main storytelling device shown in juxtaposition with abstract dance sequences created by Lucinda Childs. It is structured in four interconnected acts and divided by a series of short scenes.
Instead of a traditional orchestral arrangement, Glass chose to compose the work for the synthesizers, woodwinds and voices of The Philip Glass Ensemble.

Einstein on the Beach will play at the Barbican Theatre from 4th to 13th May 2012. Groups of 10 or more receive 20% off the standard ticket price.