Just two days after the end of the Fête des Vignerons, the Compagnia Finzi Pasca is heading to Geneva for a new production with its creative team ever. A new coproduction is opening the 2019–2020 theatre season of the Grand Théâtre in Geneva: Einstein on the Beach byPhilip Glass and Robert Wilson, i.e. the theory of relativity in a poetic and timeless interpretation by Daniele Finzi Pasca. Science and spectacle at the theatre.

 It is a show where the Compagnia Finzi Pasca’s creators and performers take us, with poetry and avant-garde technology, to an unknown galaxy, a world where time is suspended and dissolves… where images and reflections are inverted, in a play of mirrors lying between expectancies and hopes. A journey to the frontier of the meaning of life, or perhaps to the discovery of the beauty of its absence. A show in which we will once again find the timeless poetry so characteristic of Finzi Pasca.


“The universe of the opera by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson changes radically with Daniele Finzi Pasca. A waking dream successfully opens Aviel Cahn’s first season in Geneva.”- 13.09.2019 - Le Temps
“A veritable opera machine, like in the Baroque age, where the eye does not know what to admire most – the beauty of the colours, the optical illusions of Hugo Gargiulo’s sets.”- 13.09.2019 - Le Figaro
“By entrusting this almost Dantesque challenge to Finzi Pasca, an artist from the circus world and a creator of large-scale events, Cahn makes a salutary break with the glacial Wilsonian dimension. And it works.”- 16.09.2019 - Le Monde

One of the most important musical creations of the twentieth century, Einstein on the Beach, composed by Philip Glass to drawings and a libretto by Robert Wilson, and with choreographies by Lucinda Childs, was an immediate success on its debut at the New York Metropolitan House in the 1970s.It is a four-hour long journey into time and space, during which audience members can enter and leave at chosen moments. The musical direction is by Titus Engel, who is conducting the students of the Haute école de musique de Genève.

Einstein on the Beachis about the relationship between human beings and time, their relationship with technology and tradition and also between perspective and change.

“This work is all about time, or rather its opposite: trance, the dissolution of time. There will be technology but also poetry that dilates time. Dreamlike and surreal images will punctuate this staging.”

Daniele Finzi Pasca, May 2019

Musical direction Titus Engel

Stage direction Daniele Finzi Pasca

Choreography Maria Bonzanigo

Set design Hugo Gargiulo

Costumes Giovanna Buzzi

Lighting Alexis Bowles and Daniele Finzi Pasca

Video design Roberto Vitalini

Einstein-Ensemble Orchestra and choir composed of students from the Geneva High School of Music (HEM)

Solo violin Madoka Sakitsu

Coproduced with the Compagnia Finzi Pasca

Stage direction assistant Melissa Vettore

Second assistant Allegra Spernanzoni

Assistant to Daniele Finzi Pasca Estelle Bersier

Set design assistant Matteo Verlicchi

Costume design assistant Ambra Schumacher

Lighting design assistant Marzio Picchetti

Creative coder Sebastiano Barbieri

Allegra Spernanzoni, Andrée-Anne Gingras-Roy, Beatriz Sayad, David Menes, Evelyne Laforest, Félix Salas, Francesco Lanciotti, Jess Gardolin, Marco Paoletti, Melissa Vettore, Micol Veglia, Rolando Tarquini and Stéphane Gentilini

Production manager Alexis Bowles

Project manager David Desrochers

Technical coordinator Maxime Lambert

Developer Martin Marier

Administrator Marc-André Goyer

Project managers Anna Casari, Marc-André Goyer and Patrizia Capellari

Photography, graphic design and communication Viviana Cangialosi

International bookings Chiqui Barbé, Sarai Gomez and Tanja Milosevic

Accountant Amal Meroni

Communication and promotion Samuele Ponzio

Editing, public relations  and funding Claudia Cattaneo Lafranchi

Records manager Marco Finzi Pasca

Administrative and accounting consultant Lorenzo Ortelli