Footfalls | Neither

»Footfalls« - Piece by Samuel Beckett | »Neither« - Opera by Morton Feldman

Katie Mitchell stages Feldman and Beckett on a historical site

Samuel Beckett staged the German premiere of his play »Footfalls« in 1976 in the Werkstatt studio of the Schiller Theater. His first encounter with Morton Feldman on their joint opera ...

Katie Mitchell stages Feldman and Beckett on a historical site

Samuel Beckett staged the German premiere of his play »Footfalls« in 1976 in the Werkstatt studio of the Schiller Theater. His first encounter with Morton Feldman on their joint opera project »Neither« took place at Schiller Theater, too. The acclaimed British director Katie Mitchell, now, combines both works into one exciting double performance.


Sung in German (»Footfalls«) and English (»Neither«)
1:15 h | no interval
VORWORT
Pre-performance lecture, 45 minutes prior to each performance (in German)
  • Synopsis

    NEITHER

    to and fro in shadow from inner to outer shadow

    from impenetrable self to impenetrable unself
    by way of neither

    as between two lit refuges whose doors once
    neared gently close, once away turned from
    gently part again

    beckoned back and forth and turned away

    heedless of the way, intent on the one gleam
    or the other

    unheard footfalls only sound

    till at last halt for good, absent for good
    from self and other

    then no sound

    then gently light unfading on that unheeded
    neither

    unspeakable home