How It Is by Samuel Beckett : Symposium Paris, 23 Feb 2018
How It Is by Samuel Beckett. A Symposium
On February 23rd 2018 Gare St Lazare Ireland and Le Centre Culturel Irlandais will host a symposium on Samuel Beckett's 1961 novel Comment C'est/How It Is.
How It Is is being developed for a staging by Gare St Lazare Ireland in 3 parts and over several years and the symposium draws attention to this much neglected novel. How It Is (Part 1) premiered at Everyman Theatre, Cork on February 1st 2018 to a fairly rapturous response. It will be presented at The Print Room in London from May 3 - 19 2018.
The Symposium will feature a number of international Beckett scholars and artists including Daniela Caselli, Peter O'Neill, Jean Michel Rabaté, Judy Hegarty Lovett, Anna McMullan, Dunlaith Bird, Dan Gunn, Mel Mercier and Pim Verlhurst and the event will conclude with a reading from How It Is by actor Conor Lovett.
Supported by Culture Ireland and La Fondation Irlandaise.
Irish Cultural Center (Le Centre Culturel Irlandais), 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 PARIS, France.
HOW IT IS Symposium, Paris, 23rd February 2018.
Presented by Gare St Lazare Ireland in association with Le Centre Culturel Irlandais.
Venue - Salle de Conference, Centre Culturel Irlandais , 5 rue des Irlandais , 75005, Paris.
9.30 - 10 Coffee and Registration.
10 - 11 Keynote 1 - Jean Michel Rabaté 'Comment c'est (sans jamais finir): Beckett avec
11-11.30 Coffee / Tea
11.30 - 1.00 Panel 1 - Nicholas Johnson ‘How It Is: Prose Performance and the “Unperformable”’,
Dúnlaith Bird '[T]he mud parted the light went on': Performing electricity in How It Is and beyond.'
Pim Verhulst ‘A microphone text, to be murmured’: The
Radiophonic Origins of How It Is.’
1 - 2pm Lunch
2-3 Keynote 2 - Daniella Caselli 'How It Is: Geometries of Passion’
3-3.30 tea / coffee
3.30 - 5.00 panel 2 -
Peter O Neill - ‘Embodying 'Be-ING!' - Heraclitus in Comment c'est'
Dan Gunn - ‘Corresponding through Comment c’est: the novel as seen through Beckett’s
Anna Mc Mullan - ‘Performing Beckett’s Prose: Embodied and Disembodied Voices’
5-5.30 - tea / coffee
5.30 - 6.30 ‘How It Is on stage’. Practitioner Panel. Mel Mercier, Judy Hegarty Lovett &
Conor Lovett chaired by Anna Mc Mullan.
6.30 - 7.00 - Downtime.
7.30 - Reading of How It Is (Part 1). Performed by Conor Lovett. Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett. Running time approx 40 minutes.