16 – 19 april 2020


Musical Director 
Titus Engel

Stage Director
Daniele Finzi Pasca

Hugo Gargiulo

Maria Bonzanigo

Costumes Designer
Giovanna Buzzi

Lighting Designer
Alexis Bowles and Daniele Finzi Pasca

Roberto Vitalini

Assistant stage director 
Melissa Vettore

2nd assistant stage director 
Allegra Spernanzoni

Daniele Finzi Pasca’s assistant 
Estelle Bersier

Assistant scenographer 
Matteo Verlicchi

Assistant costumes designer 
Ambra Schumacher

Assistant Lighting Designer 
Marzio Picchetti

creative coder 
Sebastiano Barbieri

Jess Gardolin, Stéphane Gentilini, Andrée-Anne Gingras-Roy, Evelyne Laforest, Francesco Lanciotti, David Menes, Marco Paoletti, Félix Salas, Beatriz Sayad, Allegra Spernanzoni, Rolando Tarquini, Micol Veglia, Melissa Vettore

einstein ensemble
Chorus and orchestra made up of students of the Haute école de musique de Genève (HEM)

Grand Théâtre de Genève

in coproduction with
Compagnia Finzi Pasca

in partnership with
La Bâtie - Festival de Genève and Haute école de musique Genève - Neuchâtel

sponsored by
Union Bancaire Privée

STREAMING - Einstein on the Beach

by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca

Compagnia Finzi Pasca

It is a show where the Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s creators and performers take us, with poetry and avant-garde technology, to an unknown galaxy, a world where time is suspended and dissolves… where images and reflections are inverted, in a play of mirrors lying between expectancies and hopes. A journey to the frontier of the meaning of life, or perhaps to the discovery of the beauty of its absence. A show in which we will once again find the timeless poetry so characteristic of Finzi Pasca.

One of the most important musical creations of the twentieth century, Einstein on the Beach, composed by Philip Glass to drawings and a libretto by Robert Wilson, and with choreographies by Lucinda Childs, was an immediate success on its debut at the New York Metropolitan House in the 1970s.It is a four-hour long journey into time and space, during which audience members can enter and leave at chosen moments. The musical direction is by Titus Engel, who is conducting the students of the Haute école de musique de Genève.

Einstein on the Beachis about the relationship between human beings and time, their relationship with technology and tradition and also between perspective and change.

“This work is all about time, or rather its opposite: trance, the dissolution of time" says Daniele Finzi Pasca "There will be technology but also poetry that dilates time. Dreamlike and surreal images will punctuate this staging.” 

>Watch the show - Grand Théâtre de Genève Website (4h, HD, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Compagnia Finzi Pasca production 2019)

In the press

À Genève, Einstein on the Beach sur l’écume des rêves

A veritable opera machine, like in the Baroque age, where the eye does not know what to admire most - the beauty of the colours, the optical illusions of Hugo Gargiulo's sets.

Le Figaro, 13.09.2019

Opéra: A Genève, «Einstein on the Beach» tourne la plage

By entrusting this almost Dantesque challenge to Daniele Finzi Pasca, an artist from the circus world and a creator of large-scale events, Cahn makes a salutary break with the glacial Wilsonian dimension. And it works.

Marie-Aude Roux, Le Monde, 16.09.2019

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