• The Death of Molière

    1994. France/USA. Robert Wilson. 47 min.

Saturday, March 1, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Death of Molière

    1994. France/USA. Directed by Robert Wilson. Scenario by Wilson, Philippe Chemin, Jan Linders. Texts by Heiner M¨ller and others. Music by Philip Glass. With Wilson, Bulle Ogier, Jeanne Chemin. Presented at the Whitney Biennial in 1997, The Death of Molière was described by Brooks Adams in Art in America as "one of Wilson's best works in any medium in recent years." Wilson's vision of a tubercular, feverish Molière on his deathbed—where he is visited by actors, priests, a doctor who recalls Molière's dramatic fool Sganarelle, and a woman who silently pulls a green scarab from her mouth—is a tour de force of experimental dramaturgy, music, and acting. Drawing on texts by the twentieth-century German dramatist Heiner M¨ller and others, Wilson's elegy to France's greatest playwright is an investigation of classicism and modernity, memory and time, illnesses both imaginary and real, choreography and corporeality, and the agony of artistic creation. In French, English, Latin, Greek; English subtitles. 47 min.

In the Film exhibition The Age of Chevalier

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