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Robert Wilson

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) | Peter Jay Sharp Building

Loosely based on H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, Robert Wilson and Lou Reed’s romantic Time Rocker tells the story of the wayward Dr. Procopious, who takes off on a journey from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century and back again pursued by the young lovers Nick and Priscilla. Constructed of thirty pristine scenes with original music, it is a remarkable demonstration of the power of sound to imprint pictures in the mind, and for pictures to be truly heard. Indeed, the aftereffects of this production may well be its true measure; an instant classic by Reed, “Turning Time Around,” keeps the image of its scene alive so that hearing it months later one immediately sees the lovers dangling upside down, rotating slowly in the air; or picture the stage saturated in blood red, a glowing box at its center throwing off an intense white light that silhouettes Priscilla in a bustled dress, and

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