by Charlie McBride, 25th June 2015
Olwen Fouéré returns to the Galway International Arts Festival with Samuel Beckett’s evocative short prose work, Lessness, fresh from a sold out run at the Barbican’s International Beckett Season.
Lessness was published in 1970, the same year Beckett won the Nobel Prize. Through the many refractions of its profoundly evocative text, Lessness suspends us in a vast desert landscape where we glimpse the contours of a small body standing fixed, amid ruins or refuge.
Fouéré, a magnetic performer whose arresting physical presence is matched by her phenomenal vocal technique, has presented and appeared in Beckett’s works since 1976. Her most recent creation, riverrun, an adaptation of the voice of the river from Finnegans Wake, has been touring internationally since it premiered at the 2013 arts festival.