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Beckett Unbound Festival
Day 1

  • Wednesday 5 June 2024

reservation recommended


Programme Day 2 - Thursday 6 June

Programme Day 3 - Friday 7 June

Beckett Unbound Festival: Day 1

C'est moi dans la poubelle

2pm-6pm, in the Old Library of the CCI
Short Film
Admission free

When Ezra Pound was released, after twelve years, from the mental hospital he'd been committed to, he returned to Italy and lapsed into a long silence of deep regret and shame. This was not a vow of silence, just a depressed wordlessness - he felt he'd ruined everything, not least his own Cantos ('a botch - stupidity and ignorance all through'). He went to see Endgame in Paris, uttering only the title of the play. Beckett subsequently came to visit him in Venice, and C’est Moi Dans la Poubelle is a film rendition of this meeting, according to Beckett's account, with treatment by James Lever and directed by Michael O’Neill (Armchair & Rocket).

Director: Michael O’Neill
Written by: James Lever
Producers: Armchair & Rocket
Actors: Lalor Roddy and Vincent Higgins
Photo: Unreal Cities

All That Fall

6pm, in the chapel of the CCI
Radio play directed by Adrian Dunbar
10€, in English, 70 mins

The sonic experiments, discoveries and evolutions of Beckett’s radio play All That Fall (1956) led directly to the establishment of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Hungarian / British dramatist Martin Esslin commented that “Beckett and All That Fall thus directly contributed to one of the most important technical advances in the art of radio and the technique, and indeed technology, of radio in Britain.”

Besides Geistertrio, which features extracts from Beethoven’s Ghost Trio (Op. 70), All That Fall’s inclusion of Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 (D.810) is the only other direction by Beckett for the use of a specific composition. This frames director Adrian Dunbar’s re-imagining of a radio play whose dark-driven conclusion is hardly credible after the preceding slapstick of ‘natural’ sounds.

Director: Adrian Dunbar
Actors: Orla Charlton, Anna Nygh, Frank McCusker, Vincent Higgins, Stanley Townsend, Frankie McCafferty.
Sound Design: Simon Roth
Technical Director: Michael Cummins

Sentient

8pm at La Ménagerie de Verre (12 Rue Lechevin, 75011 Paris)
Dance
10€ (5€ for students and unemployed), 60 mins

This dance piece is a Beckett Unbound 2024 Festival commission created by choreographer Liz Roche in collaboration with performer / composers Nathalie Forget and Nick Roth. A major new full-length work for six dancers, saxophone and ondes Martenot, the piece responds to an innocuous-seeming passage in Samuel Beckett’s Molloy where the author explores his wonder, and ‘unknowing’, for the bees – “I often thought of my bees...and I thought above all of their dance, for my bees danced…in a different way.” (Les Éditions de Minuit, 1951)

Fascinated by ethologist Karl von Frisch’s Nobel-prize winning description of the precise way in which bees communicate orientational information through movement, Beckett was one of the first writers to include this groundbreaking discovery into a work of fiction. Angela Moorjani in ‘Beckett and Animals’ (Cambridge, 2013) notes that “the decoding of the honeybee genome in 2006, the year of the Beckett centenary, continues to leave neurobiologists awed by the unexplained cognitive abilities of these highly social hymenopterans. The rapture has not subsided.”

In a space somewhere between social urgency and urgent sociality, Sentient offers a new interpretation of what it is, as a human being, to be only one part of our natural world in its vast communicative complexities. The work travels through different atmospheres exploring vibration, language, and group communication; collectively, the performers adapt to these changing environments.

Partners

Sentient, by Liz Roche is commissioned by Unreal Cities for Beckett Unbound, Liverpool/Paris 2024, in association with the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.


Funders

Funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, supported by Culture Ireland and through partnerships with the new all-Ireland national dance company, The Irish World Academy, University of Limerick and TROIS C-L - Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois.


Cast & team:

Performers: Sarah Cerneaux, Emily Terndrup, Mufutau Yusuf, Conor Thomas Doherty, Grace Cuny, Inez Berdychowska, Nick Roth, Nathalie Forget
Choreographer: Liz Roche
Composers: Nick Roth and Nathalie Forget
Voices: Jenny Roche and Adrian Dunbar
Set and Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Lighting Design: Sinead McKenna
Production Manager: Síofra Nic Liam
Stage Manager: Lisa Krugel
Producer: Gwen Van Spyk for Liz Roche Company
Producing Associate: Emer McMahon
Photographer and videographer: José Miguel Jiménez

Fin de Partie

9pm at Théâtre de l'Atelier (1 Pl. Charles Dullin, 75018 Paris)
Theatre
From €21, in French, 120 mins

Winner of the Prix Laurent Terzieff 2023 for "Best Show in a Private Theatre", this production of Fin de partie (Endgame) returns to the Théâtre de l'Atelier for 30 exceptional performances.

Having already collaborated on a number of Beckett's monologues with actor Denis Lavant, well-known French director Jacques Osinski took on a new, exciting and daunting challenge: Beckett's great play, Fin de Partie, his favourite.

All of a sudden, we have to think big. Are we on earth? Are weon Noah's Ark after the end of the world? Perhaps this is already purgatory...