The New York Times has called Robert Wilson "a towering figure in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of time and space onstage. Transcending theatrical convention, he draws in other performance and graphic arts, which coalesce into an integrated tapestry of images and sounds."
Absolute Wilson explores the artist's childhood as the son of Waco, Texas' mayor and follows his rise in theater as well as his work with disabled children. It's an intmate view of Wilson, who, like many avant artists, has a reputation for being less than approachable.
The Wisconsin Film Festival is screening the film on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, a suitable venue for this portrait of Wilson. A trailer for the documentary -- which features snippets from actual Wilson performances -- follows below.