Where does the real self lie? For Ibsen's Peer Gynt, an irredeemably hypocritical farmer's son with more identities than an onion has layers, it's a question that only a roguish life of loving, leaving, and stealing can answer. As envisioned by Robert Wilson, with a transcendent score composed by violin virtuoso Michael Galasso, Ibsen's existential masterpiece radiates humor, pathos, and stunning beauty in its timeless look at our shared virtues and vices.
Under Robert Wilson's helming, the stage appears to expand beyond its physical confines, and the characters who inhabit it seem to have one foot in the here and now and the other in the realm of the unconscious. Born in ancient Norwegian folklore, Wilson's Peer Gynt reveals a resolutely modern antihero. We see him young, old, and in-between -- heartlessly manipulative, hopelessly naïve, recklessly opportunistic, and disconcertingly familiar.