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Josephine sings at The Diorama

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE STAGE version of Franz Kafka's Josephine, The Singer premiered on April 15, 2005, at The Diorama where it runs until May 1, 2005.

Welcome, then, to Cafe Arco where we meet Josephine, a singer whose real talent lies not in her voice, but in creating an enchanting atmosphere. As such, she's a sensation but it's all a far cry from the reality of her hopelessly laborious life.

So, when her people refuse to exempt her from work, Josephine becomes silent.

Josephine, The Singer is presented by StoneCrabs who explore with strength and passion the contour of Kafka's mind, thus creating a dense 'Kafkaesque' atmosphere.

Five performers from five different countries - Brazil, Spain, England, Italy and Japan - attempt to find Josephine's voice in a production that aims to provoke thoughts on the place of art and artists in society, and to question the fragile construction of our identities and how we are pulled to pieces by our own social emptiness.

Kafka belonged to no particular school and, as such, is an inspiration for artists, philosophers, writers and readers. His name is synonymous with absurdity and the dark side of modernity.

The geographical position of his birth, as well as his education, mirrors wider complexities - a permanent pulling from east to west. Raised in Jewish culture and with a preference for the Czech language over his native German, Kafka internalised not only Prague's identities and divisions, but the social and political turmoil of the fin de siecle.

All this is reflected in the performance, with StoneCrabs drawing audiences into the very heart of Kafka's world - in an entertainment descibed as thought-provoking, deeply absurd and sardonic.

Tickets are priced £12 (£8 concessions).




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