Documentary Features Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach

The Earth Moves, a documentary about Einstein on the Beach.
The Earth Moves, a documentary about Einstein on the Beach.

Robert Wilson, the founder of The Watermill Center in the Hamptons, and his creative partner Philip Glass have decided to bring their most famous work, the opera Einstein on the Beach, to a new audience. It will be done the form of an independent documentary.

Documentary director and editor John Walter has finished filming the The Earth Moves, the story behind Einstein on the Beach. Copious amounts of researching, shooting, and editing this film has led this documentary to envelop the story of the power of the human imagination and a group of people who live and create on that threshold where art and life meet and sometimes blur together. Walter describes Einstein on the Beach as “the most beautiful and revolutionary work of theatre ever staged.” He is absolutely passionate about this work and needs support in funding it.

Einstein on the Beach was a stage opera performance. It was an epic that lasted five hours without intermission. Walter calls it “ A downtown collaboration of a couple of art world mavericks, Philip Glass and Robert Wilson. They combined experimental music and experimental theatre to create a dreamlike portrait of Albert Einstein.”

Walter began shooting The Earth Moves when Glass and Wilson decided to bring their work into the 21st century. They wanted to make it available to a new generation.

“I was fortunate to be granted extraordinary access to rehearsals and Glass and Wilson’s personal archive of rarely seen films and photographs,” Walter said.

Most people never have and will not be able to see the original opera performance of  Einstein on the Beach.  The documentary will give everyone a front-row seat to this beautiful and mysterious work. “It is an independent film about very independent artists,” Walter said.

You can help get this documentary to film festivals. “We are so close to finishing The Earth Moves, but we can’t do it alone, so please join us as partners. Support the project and help get this movie out of the editing room and into theatres.” Walter said.

Walter hopes to fund the project through Kickstarter and will only be funded if at least $100,000 is pledged by Friday, July 3. He is already half way there.

For more information on The Earth Moves and the Kickstarter project, visit

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