Adam’s Passion

May/September 2015

Estonian concert agency Eesti Kontsert in collaboration with Milan production company Change Performing Arts presened the production of Adam’s Passion on the music by Arvo Pärt, directed by American director Robert Wilson. The performances took place at Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn, on May 12th -16th, 2015.

The first ever collaboration between the two prominent artists – Pärt and Wilson, bound the creative experience and understanding of the world of two world-renowned creators. The the emotional spectacle of sound and light is based on the Pärt’s most influential music: Adam’s Lament, Tabula Rasa and Miserere, entwined with Sequentia composed specifically for the production.

Robert Wilson, a master of modern theatrical language and one of the main founders of avant-garde theatre, has remained on top of the international scene since his breakout production of Einstein on the Beach (with Philip Glass, 1976). Wilson has been awarded, among others, with a Pulitzer, two Premio Ubus, a Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award.

Wilson described the staging of the piece in August 2014: In the process of staging the Adam’s Passion, I am mostly intrigued by lighting solution. Without light there is no space, therefore it is important to find a solution full of light. I hope we will be able to reach a state of released senses in order to welcome the flow of ideas suitable for enjoying Pärt’s music.

The production of Adam’s Passion served to celebrate Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday – and the Year of Music in Estonia.

The production was supported by EAS (Enterprise Estonia), BLRT Grupp, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Cultural Foundation. A documentary film and concert recording have also been produced by Accentus Music (Leipzig), ERR (Estonian National Broadcasting Company) and Eesti Kontsert and were premiered in Estonian Television on Arvo Pärt’s 80 birthday. Both films are now also available on DVD from Amazon:
Documentary “The Lost Paradise”,
Concert recording “Adam’s Passion”

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