Document Type

Journal Article


"There were two twins. One went on a round trip into outer space. When he got back home he was younger than his brother, because his heart, brain and bloodflow 'clocks' had slowed down during the trip. This is because time has a material or 'length' aspect. The space twin was surprised on his return to discover how much older his brother was." (Einstein in Leeming, 2002: 17-18) No doubt a reference to Einstein's Twin Paradox constitutes a seemingly incongruous opening to an appraisal of Robert Wilson's latest production I La Galigo, inspired by an epic poem from South Sulawesi. However, Einstein is not only the subject of one of Wilson's most acclaimed productions, but this brief allusion to his theory encapsulates the hypnotic dilation of time intrinsic to Wilson's theatre. Wilson is known for his ability to transform the stage into a temporal sculpture that renders the presence of time aesthetically tangible through duration and repetition.