A few of us were lucky enough to be in Düsseldorf when Robert Wilson’s latest theatre production, The Sandman, was showing. His shows are an amazing tour-de-force, very graphic with strong expressionistic acting and lighting. Anna Calvi had written a number of songs specifically for the production.
The Sandman is a 18th century German gothic story. The protagonist visits children who will not go to sleep and throws sand into their eyes so they will pop from their heads. He then takes the eyes to feed to his own children. Nice.
If you do not know him, Robert Wilson has worked with some truly great artists, including William S. Burroughs, Philip Glass, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, David Byrne and Lady Gaga.