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“Ever tried, ever failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail Better.”
-Samuel Beckett

A love story, between UMO and Beckett. With a teeter totter. And ropes. 

UMO explores the thoughts, themes, characters and images inspired by the writing of Samuel Beckett with FAIL BETTER, their critically acclaimed love letter to Samuel Beckett. Five archetypal Beckett characters tackle love, life, death, and going-on in typical Beckett fashion: with humor, metaphor, stillness, and gross indecency – creating a living, visceral experience. Their exploration takes them into the air on aerial ropes, balancing on a giant sculptural teeter totter and reacting in a sonic world that is the imagined inside of Beckett’s head. 

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UMO Beckett Fail Better Dress Rehearsal
photos by Jeff Dunnicliff
“UMO Ensemble’s remarkable tribute to [Beckett’s] genius, FAIL BETTER is a mesmerizing production... a visual delight and an intellectual teaser.”
The Seattle Times
“A brilliantly performed and orchestrated show… an artistic postcard from the edge of reality well worth going to see, hear, feel and experience.” 
L. Steven Sieden
Huffington Post