22 Jun 2012 – 1 Jul 2012
"Breath" is a play by the Irish author Samuel Beckett. It is probably the shortest play ever written.
The date is controversial. Biographers differ in their stories about the origin of the text, but most of the citations refer to 1969. It would have been written for a show of short plays that resulted in a great success of the commercial theater, the erotic "Oh, Calcutta". Something completely at odds with everything we know about Beckett. What's more, in the adaptation made by the director of "Oh, Calcutta", naked bodies were placed in the scenario. It is said that Beckett exhibited a rare public display of anger against the director of this show. But the fact is that "Breath" is a pure Beckett: synthetic, enigmatic, sardonic, with directions of scientific accuracy. "Breath" should be experienced as a theatrical performance. The theater codes - stage and audience, curtain and third signal - are essential to the enjoyment of the piece. The fun in watching "Breath" is to realize the full extent of its novelty, its radicalism. Daniela Thomas (set designer, director, playwright and screenwriter) tells us «I tried to follow the directions of the author to the letter. I hope the public does not forget to applaud at the end of the show».
DANIELA THOMAS (Brazil, 1959) is a set designer, filmmaker and theater stage director, screenwriter and playwright. Her first scenario - for the premiere of "All Strange Away" by Samuel Beckett, was presented at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York in 1984. Also, she has dedicated herself to the creation of scripts and making of films such as “Terra Estrangeira”, “Linha De Passe” e “Insolação”, feature films selected for the official competition of the Cannes and Venice Festivals (“Linha de Passe” won the Palme d'Or for Best Actress in 2007) and, to designing for exhibitions. Her works have been exhibited in the Sao Paulo Biennal in 1987 and 1989, in the Mercosul Biennal in 2009 and in the Lyon Biennal 2011, these last with the assembly of the micro structure for the play “Breath”, by Samuel Beckett.