Einstein on the Beach is a 5-hour opera with no plot, centred around the life of Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity. I have become inspired by the lack of development and narrative as it challenges the audience's expectations of how a theatre space should be used and experienced. The stylised movements and set remind me of a contemporary dance set with an episodic structure, combined with installation features.
PHILIP GLASS - Composer
Philip Glass' score uses lots of repetition and polyrhythms to create a sense of mechanical motion and depth of sound. There is an element of progression to his music that doesn't follow traditional music structure; the flow is constantly unresolved so creates a continuum that listeners eventually become atuned to and almost become in a trance - a bit like with ambient sound. In my piece I would like to apply this kind of structure to portray the flow of a train - it's rhythms are not related to us so it is nice to randomise the sounds to portray changes in the outside environment but to also create an internal rhythm of the engines that is constant to create the constant movement of the train - in that sense like Glass, creating a continuum.
ROBERT JOHNSON - Director
I looked at some of Johnson's other works and I really like the way he uses combination of silhouette and lighting on stage, echoing Philip Glass' use of depth and a variety of layering in his score. He is a theatre director but tends to twist the audience's expectations of what theatre can be.