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Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words I
(For pantomiming instrumentalist and piano)

 

Performance artist: Abbie Conant

Susanne Bradbury: Piano

Sarah Kaplan: Stage technician
Composer/Director: William Osborne

 

Table of Contents

1. General Description

2. PDF Score

3. YouTube Video of Winnie

4. Slide Show 

 

 

1. Act Without Words I

 

For pantomiming instrumentalist; text of Samuel Beckett. (20 minutes) Premiere: Staatstheater Ingolstadt, Fall 1986.

 

Beckett was a great fan of Buster Keaton--our model for Act Without Words I. Beckett’s text contains no spoken passages, only instructions for a pantomime for which we have created a precise and continuous musical accompaniment. The story is of a modern day Tantalus. Via an elaborate stage work of pullies and invisible black string, objects descend from the heavens that never fulfill. Toward the end even a trombone comes down…    

 

 

2. PDF Score

 

The score of Act Without Words I is downloadable in two sizes.  We recommend the larger tabloid size for learning the work, or for reading it online.  The legal paper size score can be used later for simpler handling.  The score can also be reduced to letter or A4 sizes, but the print is rather small.

 

The pianist should not use a bound score.  To avoid page turn problems, leave the pages loose leaf and slide them to the left at the arrow symbols on each page. 

 

Act Without Words I, tabloid size paper (11X17 inches) 

In EU print on A3 paper.

 

Act Without Words I, legal size paper (8.5X14 inches)  

In EU print on A3 paper and trim to 21.59 X 35.56 cm)

 

(In case of possible errors in the Finale score, comparisons can be made with the original pencil copy which is here.)

 

 

3.  YouTube Video of Act Without Words I

 

Abbie Conant, performance artist

Susanne Bradburry, piano

Sarah Kaplan, stage technician

William Osborne, director

Theater am Sozialamt Munich, Germany in May 1987.

 

 

To download to the video to disk click here.

 

 

4. Slide Show of Act Without Words I

 

 

 

 

 

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