|Friday, March 8 7:30pm
“Ever tried, ever failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail Better.” – Samuel Beckett
McIntyre Hall Presents UMO Ensemble, a physical theatre company from Seattle.
FAIL BETTER: BECKETT MOVES UMO, is an exploration of the essential themes of Samuel Beckett’s work using a giant teeter- totter, ropes, and pulleys. Five archetypal Beckett characters tackle love, life, death, and going- on in typical Beckett fashion: with humor, metaphor, stillness, and gross indecency – creating a living, visceral experience. The work of Samuel Beckett has fascinated UMO for many years. Beckett grapples with existential questions of life, love, action, and inaction – and Beckett’s writings speak directly to physical enterprise: walking, balancing, eating, hanging, and spinning. UMO takes these impulses, these questions and conundrums, and uses them to launch a love story – into the air itself.
“UMO Ensemble’s remarkable tribute to [Beckett’s] genius, FAIL BETTER is a mesmerizing production,… a visual delight and an intellectual teaser.” ~ The Seattle Times
This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission.