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Beckett, The Breath and The Choreographic

21st February 2018, 18:15 to 19:15, Elvet Riverside 142, Professor Susan Jones (University of Oxford)

In the sixth event of the Arts of Breath series Prof Susan Jones considers how Samuel Beckett turned to the choreographic to understand and express the workings of the breath and the “happiness” of the void.

Beckett’s engagement with choreography has a long history, but this discussion explores Beckett’s preoccupation with the “last breath”, the compulsion to move, and ultimate cessation of movement, in a group of late prose texts and dramatic work including “Ill Seen Ill Said”, “The Way”, “Ceiling”, “Worstward Ho”, and dramas such as Quad and Ohio Impromptu.

Susan Jones is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Hilda’s College. She is founder and director of Dance Scholarship Oxford and author of Literature, Modernism, and Dance. She was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship 2017-18 to work on Samuel Beckett and choreography.

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