World-renowned director Bob Wilson, known for his avant-garde theatre works, has created an immersive sound installation entitled Gloria - a striking dreamlike experience - in the heart of Paris at the famed Sainte-Chapelle church.
Coming from his native Waco, Texas, Robert Wilson was seventeen years old when, during his first trip to Europe, he discovered the Sainte-Chapelle, a jewel of Gothic art radiating on the whole Île de la Cité, in the heart of Paris. It was a shock. He felt 'the same strong emotion' when he returned to the royal building a few days ago to finalize the preparation of ‘Gloria’; a 360-degree sound installation presented every Saturday and Sunday from October 8 to December 31, 2022.
It is to celebrate half a century of success in France, since Le Regard du Sourd in Nancy (1971) and the first Autumn Festival in Paris (1972), that the president of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, Philippe Bélaval, invited ‘Bob’ Wilson back, 'a magician of light and sound' (according to the inviting force) who renewed, in his own polished and hieratic way, the art of dramatic and lyrical stagecraft.
We have a determined policy of inviting contemporary artists because heritage and creation must work together. Bob was one of the artists I wanted to invite, to mark the 50 years of his presence in Paris. We felt that his perception of space, his mastery of sound and light could bring a lot to a monument.
said Philippe Bélaval, President of the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.
It invites us to look at this monument, these windows, in a different way. It gives a new intensity to this visit experience which is already very strong. Some visitors will come to hear Bob Wilson. Then others will come to visit the monument and have the chance to discover it on this occasion, that's what’s extraordinary.
agreed Cécile Rives, administrator of the Sainte-Chapelle. “
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