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Free Content BECKETT'S GODOT IN BERLIN: New Coordinates of the Void

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Beckett's Berlin production of Warten auf Godot in 1975 is fundamentally concerned with silence and darkness, uncertainty and the unknown. The performance reinvigorates the play with an unsuspected emotional force and intensity through the structuring function of a mental void and its multiple modes: 'state', 'place', 'passage', 'space', 'spacing'. The drama in the German Godot is resolutely a mental one. The play's mental blankness is both fear and desire; the Wartestellen represent both the attempt to think the void and yet to blank all thinking processes, that is, theatrical representation itself.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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