Samuel Beckett / Robert Wilson in Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett
“The stage metaphors are elegant, the technique is a masterclass of praxis […] Robert Wilson’s Krapp’s Last Tape […] is no less moving or beautiful for its tender understanding of human failure and despair.” The Guardian, 2014
A rare encounter between one of the most celebrated artists and directors of our generation, the inimitable Robert Wilson, and the seminal text of the great playwright Samuel Beckett. A unique opportunity to experience Wilson’s creative brilliance as a director and performer as he endows Beckett’s play with an invigorating and precise theatrical reading, striking a delicate and meticulous balance between movement, lighting and sound.
It is old Krapp’s 69th birthday, and as he has done on all birthdays since he was a young man, he prepares to record himself as he summarizes the past year. Stumbling upon a recording made on his 39th birthday, he hardly recognizes the haughty and youthful voice which emerges from the old tape. By means of this tape recorder, old Krapp conjures up the man he once was in the distant past: his memories, his loves, his aspirations and his feelings about his mother’s death. He is drawn into a personal dialogue with the Krapp of his youth, unfurling before us the despair, solitude and cynicism etched into him by the passing years.
Krapp’s Last Tape deals with missed opportunity and the loss of experiences, primarily that of who we once were and are no longer. Beckett touches on the most profound human fears, limitations and desires, binding them into an immortal play which has been interpreted and performed on numerous occasions and stages throughout the world. Wilson directs the play, designs the set and takes on the role of the bitter Beckettian figure, joining the ranks of the great icons who have played this character. Moving across the set in its complex interplay of darkness and light, he brilliantly captivates the audience with every gesture and nuance.
Krapp’s Last Tape, as performed at The Israel Festival 2017, is a delicate dance between two creative giants – a masterpiece of monumental proportion.
*The play will be performed in English with Hebrew subtitles (seating from row 6 on is recommended for best visibility of subtitles)
Direction, Set Design and Lighting Concept Robert Wilson
Costumes Design and Collaborator to Set Design Yashi
Lighting Design A.J. Weissbard
Sound Design Peter Cerone and Jesse Ash
Associate Director Sue Jane Stoker
Assistant director Charles Chemin
Technical director Reinhard Bichsel
Light operator Aliberto Sagretti
Sound engineer Guillaume Dulac
Stage manager Thaiz Bozano
Make up Manu Halligan
Robert Wilson’s personal assistant Owen Laub
Tour manager Laura Artoni
A project by
Change Performing Arts
Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg
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