Jennifer Koh BACH 6 SOLO
Robert Wilson, Lucinda Childs and the violinist Jennifer Koh for the world première in the Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière.
The opening of an outstanding season is being heralded by a return to the symbolic venue of the chapel at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital which is now going back to dramatic art after presenting so many visual artists, names such as Christian Boltanski, Tadashi Kawamata, Bill Viola, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Nan Goldin and Alexandre Ponomarev. In 1975, Klaus Michael Grüber was able to use the chapel for his now legendary rendition of Faust. This time it is Robert Wilson who will be creating a unique performance in this eminently architectural setting, featuring choreography for four dancers by Lucinda Childs, and Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin to be played by Jennifer Koh, one of the virtuoso performers in the role of Einstein in Einstein on the Beach when it toured from 2012 to 2014. Jennifer Koh previously explored Bach and more in a three-part series recorded as Bach & Beyond; is this the Bach that would become the future for Philip Glass? And could this performance be the vital counterpoint, both vulnerable and hence all the more valuable, to the rite of the Saint John Passion as extolled by Robert Wilson in the past?