29 June – 16 July 2017
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Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Willem Dafoe

The Old Woman

Robert Wilson returned after the success of The Life and Death of Marina Abramović (MIF11) with an adaptation of a short story by the renegade Russian writer Daniil Kharms. The result was impossible to define. Dance, theatre and astonishing visual design combined for a surreal 90 minutes of sensory overload – but The Old Woman was also warm, funny and heartbreakingly human. Since its world premiere at MIF13, the show has travelled around the world.

‘Robert Wilson’s lucid production… is a revelation… Baryshnikov and Dafoe are superb, managing to wring the pathos out of each of their bizarre encounters. We leave the theatre like awestruck victims of a magic trick, asking ourselves: how did they do that?’ The Financial Times


A Baryshnikov Productions, Change Performing Arts and The Watermill Center project. Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival, Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris/ Festival d’Automne à Paris and deSingel, Antwerp.

MIF13
4-7 July 2013
Palace Theatre, Manchester
World premiere 4 July 2013


MIF worldwide
21-23 November 2014 at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, CA, USA

14-15 November 2014 at Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA, USA

21-31 August 2014 at the Teatro Opera Allianz, Buenos Aires, Argentina

8-13 August 2014 at the Cidade das Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

24 July – 3 August 2014 at SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil

22-29 June 2014 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY, USA

6-23 November 2013 at the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France as part of Festival d’Automne

25-29 October 2013 at deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium

16-20 October 2013 at the Teatro dell’Arte, Milan, Italy

18-21 July 2013 at the Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece as part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2013

12-14 July 2013 at the Teatro Nuovo, Spoleto, Italy as part of the Spoleto56 Festival dei 2Mondi


Related events
Robert Wilson directed Willem Dafoe in The Life and Death of Marina Abramović at MIF11