12 Apr 2005 00:00 - 1 May 2005 00:00
Josephine, The Singer
The world premiere of the stage version of Josephine, The Singer by Franz Kafka.
Welcome to Café Arco. There, we encounter Josephine, a woman whose ordinary and charmless singing creates a sensation. Not so much for her singing but rather because Josephine knows how to create an enchanting atmosphere. Josephine’s fame appears to be an escape from a hopelessly laborious life yet even her charisma will not free her from the daily grind.
When her people refuse to exempt her from work, Josephine becomes silent.
This production aims to provoke thoughts on the place of art and artists as individuals in society. To question the fragile construction of our identities and how we are pulled to pieces by our own social emptiness.
Belonging to no school, Franz Kafka has inspired and continues to inspire artists, philosophers, writers and readers. Franz Kafka has become synonymous with absurdity and the dark side of modernity.
The geographical position of Kafka's birthplace as well as his education, mirrors wider complexities, a permanent pulling between east and west. Kafka was raised in Jewish culture, the German language was his mother tongue yet the Czech language stood closer to his heart. Kafka internalised Prague’s identities and divisions as well as the social and political turmoil of the fin de siècle.
The performance reflects these tensions as well as Kafka’s own tortured emotional life. But it is Kafka’s ability to transform the chaos of his inner life into language and at the same time to portray the terror facing the individual in a cold and indifferent world that makes his works still alive for us today.
StoneCrabs’ production will drag you to the heart of Kafka’s world providing you with an evening of entertainment that will be thought-provoking as well as deeply absurd and sardonic.
116 Long Acre
WC2E 9PA London
From: 12 Apr 2005 00:00
To: 1 May 2005 00:00