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Special Events, Einstein on the Beach: An Opera in Four Acts by ROBERT WILSON -- PHILIP GLASS -- Choreography by Lucinda Childs

Overview

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PATRON SPONSORS:
LOUISE GUND,
LIZ AND GREG LUTZ,
PATRICK MCCABE,
PETER WASHBURN

Hailed as one of the supreme artistic achievements of the 20th century, Einstein on the Beach is recognized as director/designer Robert Wilson's and composer Philip Glass's greatest masterpiece. First-time viewers and an entirely new generation now have the rare opportunity to experience this seminal work live when it arrives at Zellerbach Hall as part of a major international tour, commissioned, in part, by Cal Performances—the first fully staged performances west of the Hudson River.

Einstein on the Beach breaks all of the rules of conventional opera. Instead of writing for traditional orchestral instrumentation, composer Philip Glass chose to compose the work for the synthesizers, woodwinds, and voices of the Philip Glass Ensemble. 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 American choreographer Lucinda Childs.

The 2012 production of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts was commissioned by: Cal Performances University of California, Berkeley; BAM; the Barbican, London; Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity; De Nederlandse Opera/The Amsterdam Music Theatre; Opéra et Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon; University Musical Society of the University of Michigan

Produced by Pomegranate Arts, Inc.

Please note: Single tickets for this event went on sale December 2011; some dates are sold out, and others have very limited availability.



Patron Information

Because of the unusual nature of this event, we highly encourage you to take a moment to read all of the information below, including running time, intermission, and Café Zellerbach updates.

In addition, don't forget the early start time for the Friday and Saturday night events!

Free Events in Conjunction with the Performances

Fri, Oct 26, 3 pm
Colloquium
125 Morrison Hall Hertz Hall

Philip Glass talks about his work at the Department of Music Composer Colloquium. Free and open to the public.

Fri, Oct 26, 3 pm
Artist Talk
Dwinelle Annex 126

Lucinda Childs speaks at Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. A discussion with Lucinda Childs, choreographer for the revival of Einstein on The Beach and dance specialist Kathryn Roszak. Ms. Childs will talk about how she creates work, with footage of her work. Seating is limited.

Sat, Oct 27, 11 am - 2 pm
Einstein on the Beach: Re-staging/Re-construction/Re-enactment: A Symposium in conjunction with Einstein on the Beach: An Opera in Four Acts
Zellerbach Playhouse
Free and open to the public. Please see our website for more information about this event.

Sun, Oct 28, 1:00 pm
Artist Talk
Zellerbach Playhouse

Einstein on the Beach artists, director Robert Wilson, composer Phillip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs.

The above events are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is limited to venue capacity.

Important Information About the Performance

Pre-Performance
Twenty minutes prior to curtain, house opens. Audience and performers enter.

Late Seating
Latecomers will be asked to wait in the lobby until approximately 10 minutes into the performance, at which time Front of House staff will assist you in finding your seats.

Running Time
Please be advised that anticipated running time for this performance is approximately four hours and twenty minutes. This does not include the pre-performance "tones".

Intermission Notice
Due to the length and and nature of this performance, following the opening ten minutes of the show, we welcome you to respectfully enter and exit the theater as needed, creating your own "intermissions." There are no formal intermissions for this performance.

For those wishing to grab a drink or a bite to eat, The Café at Zellerbach will be serving a full menu until 8 pm after which there will be a limited menu of snacks and drinks available until one hour before the end of the performance.

For Sunday's matinee please be advised that only a limited menu of snacks and beverages will be available until one hour before the end of the performance.

Share Your Thoughts
Connect with others attending the performance and let the world know your thoughts about Einstein on the Beach either by tweeting @CalPerformances or using the hashtag #einstein2012.

Directions
Need some help getting to Zellerbach Hall? Please visit our Getting Here section for directions and maps, plus how to arrive by BART.

Dining at Café Zellerbach
The Café is open for all Cal Performances shows in Zellerbach Hall, and pre-performance dining begins 90 minutes before curtain on evening shows (matinee shows will only have walk-up service and the intermission menu). For the most relaxing experience, we recommend that you make reservations by calling our Ticket Office at 510.642.9988.

Fri & Sat performances of Einstein on the Beach:
A full dinner menu will be served until 8 pm after which a limited menu of snacks and beverages will be available until one hour before the end of the performance.

Sunday matinee of Einstein on the Beach:
A limited "walk-up" menu of drinks and snacks only will be available until one hour before the end of the performance.

Food and beverages are not permitted in the theater.

For additional dining options, including the restaurants participating in Cal Performances' Restaurant Rewards program, see our Dining section.

Discounted Parking: Telegraph-Channing Garage
Many restaurants around Telegraph Avenue offer half-price validated parking, with minimum $5 purchase, at the Telegraph-Channing Garage (entrances on Durant Avenue and Channing Way; between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street). To find the list of participating restaurants, see our Telegraph-Channing Garage Restaurant Validations section.

Related Events

Donor Event: Behind the Scenes with Einstein on the Beach
Thurs, Oct 25
6:00 pm talk at Zellerbach Playhouse
6:45 pm invited rehearsal of Einstein on the Beach at Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $600+)

As a thank you to our donors, we invite you to join us at the Playhouse to hear Linda Brumbach, Director of Pomegranate Arts and Producer of this historic engagement, in conversation with Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky. Attendees are then invited to head over to Zellerbach Hall for a special opportunity to view the rehearsal for Einstein on the Beach. RSVP to Kristen Jones at donate@calperformances.org or 510.642.8395.

Education & Community Events: Colloquium
Fri, Oct 26, 3 pm
125 Morrison Hall Hertz Hall
Philip Glass talks about his work at the Department of Music Composer Colloquium.
Free and open to the public.

Education & Community Events: Artist Talk
Fri, Oct 26, 3 pm
Dwinelle Annex 126

Lucinda Childs speaks at Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. A discussion with Lucinda Childs, choreographer for the revival of Einstein on The Beach and dance specialist Kathryn Roszak. Ms. Childs will talk about how she creates work, with footage of her work. Seating is limited.

Education & Community Events: Artist Talk
Sun, Oct 28, 1 pm
Zellerbach Playhouse

Einstein on the Beach artists, director Robert Wilson, composer Phillip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs
Free and open to the public

Education & Community Events: Symposium
Einstein on the Beach: Re-staging/Re-construction/Re-enactment:
A Symposium in conjunction with Einstein on the Beach: An Opera in Four Acts
Sat, Oct 27, 11am-2pm
Zellerbach Playhouse
Free and open to the public

The 1976 premier of Einstein on the Beach: An Opera in Four Acts was a landmark event in music, dance, theater, and opera—bringing together the minimalism of composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs with director/designer Robert Wilson's non-narrative approach to performance to create a work that radically changed expectations of how or what an opera might be in the 20th century. In conjunction with a historic re-staging of EOTB at Cal Performances, this symposium will examine what it takes and what it means to re-create and perform a seminal but rarely-seen work almost forty years after its premier. The discussion will include both behind-the-scenes insights and scholarly reflection. Participants will include:

Linda Brumbach, Producer, Pomegranate Arts
Lisa Bielewa, soprano, Philip Glass Ensemble
Robert Fink, Department of Music, UCLA
Frédéric Maurin, Department of Theatre Studies, Université de Paris 3, Sorbonne Nouvelle
Charles Otte, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Texas, Austin
Alisa Regas, Associate Producer, Pomegranate Arts
Mary Ann Smart, Department of Music, UC Berkeley
Sue Ellen Case, School of Theater, Film and Television, and Susan Leigh Foster, Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA

This program is co-sponsored by Cal Performances and the Arts Research Center, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, and Department of Music at UC Berkeley.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]

Multimedia

Einstein on the Beach Artist Talk
Director and designer Robert Wilson, composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs discuss Einstein on the Beach. The talk is moderated by Cal Performances' Director Matías Tarnopolsky and was recorded on October 28, 2012 at Zellerbach Playhouse.



Einstein on the Beach's composer Philip Glass and choreographer Lucinda Childs discuss the re-staging of the milestone work for its 2012 tour. The talk was presented by Cal Performances, one of the international co-commissioners of the tour. Matías Tarnopolsky, Cal Performances' Director, introduces the event. Mark Swed, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, moderates. The talk was videotaped at Zellerbach Hall on the campus of UC Berkeley on April 29, 2011.



Artists Robert Wilson, Philip Glass and Lucinda Childs talk about the making of Einstein on the Beach, An Opera in Four Acts, which will have its West Coast premiere at Cal Performances October 26-218, 2012.



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Official Trailer

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Fri, Oct 26, 2012
6 pm
(House open at 5:30)
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Sat, Oct 27, 2012
5 pm
(House open at 4:30)
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Sun, Oct 28, 2012
3 pm
(House open at 2:30)
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Venue: Zellerbach Hall

Price: Prices start at $35

Please note: These performances are sold out. If you would like to be added to list that will recieve an email if tickets become available, please choose one of the notification list buttons above. We will only send out an email if a block of tickets have been made available, so if you choose a date and get the Select Your Own Seat map, that means a seat or two have opened up.

Please note that this Exclusive Engagement is part of Cal Performances' 2012/13 Season. Single ticket and Subscriber discounts do not apply and the event will not be available as part of any Series or Choose-Your-Own Subscription. Prices subject to change


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