Los Angeles Times
By Booth Moore
October 7, 2013
"Einstein on the Beach," the avant-garde 1976 opera by Phillip Glass, hit the fashion radar last year when it was one of the inspirations for Marc Jacobs' monumental spring-summer 2013 Louis Vuitton show, a moving spectacle of ordered geometry.
Now, you can see the opera in Los Angeles, where it will be performed in collaboration with the original creators Oct. 11 through 13 at the L.A. Opera.
The Louis Vuitton show was elegantly choreographed with models in pairs, dressed in column-like silhouettes with neat-and-tidy graphic checks, descending and ascending escalators on the runway.
(The runway set was created by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, an abstract minimalist known for working with graphic forms, as seen in the famous installation of striped columns in the courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris.)
It's easy to see how "Einstein on the Beach" appealed to Jacobs. The opera is non-traditional, in that it doesn't tell a linear story. But it does depict Einstein's scientific process through repeating musical structures, numbers and syllables, which were the perfect score for Jacobs' sartorial expression of visual logic and geometry on the runway.
The L.A. production is the last time "Einstein on the Beach" will be produced by the three original creators, including composer Phillip Glass, choreographer Lucinda Childs, and visual artist-director Robert Wilson, the latter of whom, incidentally, collaborated with Jacobs on a collection of accessories for Louis Vuitton in 2002.
"Einstein on the Beach" ends its North American tour in the Southland, where, appropriately enough, Einstein lived when he was a visiting professor at Caltech from 1931 to 1933.
And since he was a man of numbers, here is "Einstein on the Beach" by the numbers:
"Einstein on the Beach," Oct. 11, 12 and 13, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 972-8001 or http://www.laopera.com.
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