The Theater and Its Double


Author: Antonin Artaud

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802150301

Category: Drama

Page: 159

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A collection of manifestos originally published in 1938, in which the French artist and philosopher attacks conventional assumptions about the drama, and calls for the influx of irrational material - based on dreams, religion, and emotion - in order to make the theater vital for modern audiences.

Theatre and Its Double


Author: Antonin Artaud

Publisher: Alma Books

ISBN: 0714545538

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 161

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First published in 1938, The Theatre and Its Double is a collection of essays detailing Antonin Artaud's radical theories on drama and theatre, which he saw as being stifled by conservatism and lack of experimentation.Containing the famous manifestos of the 'Theatre of Cruelty', the collection analyses the underlying impulses of performance, provides some suggestions on a physical-training method for actors and actresses, and features a long appreciation of the expressive values of Eastern dance drama.

Artaud on Theatre


Author: Antonin Artaud,Claude Schumacher,Brian Singleton

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

ISBN: 9781566635585

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 246

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One of the great daring mapmakers. --Susan Sontag

Artaud's Theatre Of Cruelty


Author: Albert Bermel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408118025

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

View: 9744

The definitive guide to the life and work of Antonin Artaud Antonin Artaud's theatre of cruelty is one of the most vital forces in world theatre, yet the concept is one of the most frequently misunderstood. In this incisive study, Albert Bermel looks closely at Artaud's work as a playwright, director, actor, designer, producer and critic, and provides a fresh insight into his ideas, innovations and, above all, his writings. Tracing the theatre of cruelty's origins in earlier dramatic conventions, tribal rituals of cleansing, transfiguration and exaltation, and in related arts such as film and dance, Bermel examines each of Artaud's six plays for form and meaning, as well as surveying the application of Artaud's theories and techniques to the international theatre of recent years.

Heliogabalus, Or, The Anarchist Crowned


Author: Antonin Artaud

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781840681000

Category: Fiction

Page: 127

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Artaud's novelised biography of the third-century Roman Emperor Heliogabalus is simultaneously his most accessible and his most extreme book. Written in 1933, at the time when Artaud was preparing to stage his legendary Theatre of Cruelty, Heliogabalus is a powerful concoction of sexual excess, self-deification and terminal violence - the divine upstart Heliogabalus ends his reign hacked to pieces by his own guards in the latrines of his imperial palace.

Towards a Poor Theatre


Author: Jerzy Grotowski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136745866

Category: Drama

Page: 264

View: 3610

Originally published in 1968, Jerzy Grotowski's groundbreaking book is available once again. As a record of Grotowski's theatrical experiments, this book is an invaluable resource to students and theater practioners alike.

Artaud and His Doubles


Author: Kimberly Jannarone

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472035150

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

View: 1535

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Theatre of Movement and Gesture


Author: Jacques Lecoq

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113424097X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

View: 9927

Published in France in 1987, this is the book in which Lecoq first set out his philosophy of human movement, and the way it takes expressive form in a wide range of different performance traditions. He traces the history of pantomime, sets out his definition of the components of the art of mime, and discusses the explosion of physical theatre in the second half of the twentieth century. Interviews with major theatre practitioners Ariane Mnouchkine and Jean-Louis Barrault by Jean Perret, together with chapters by Perret on Étienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau, fill out the historical material written by Lecoq, and a final section by Alain Gautré celebrates the many physical theatre practitioners working in the 1980s.

Antonin Artaud


Author: David A. Shafer

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780236018

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 6800

Poet, actor, playwright, surrealist, drug addict, asylum inmate—Antonin Artaud (1896–1949) is one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic personalities and idiosyncratic thinkers. In this biography, David A. Shafer takes readers on a voyage through Artaud’s life, which he spent amid the company of France’s most influential cultural figures, even as he stood apart from them. Shafer casts Artaud as a person with tenacious values. Even though Artaud was born in the material comfort of a bourgeois family from Marseille, he uncompromisingly rejected bourgeois values and norms. Becoming famous as an actor, director, and author, he would use his position to challenge contemporary assumptions about the superiority of the West, the function of speech, the purpose of culture, and the individual’s agency over his or her body. In this way—as Shafer points out—Artaud embodied the revolutionary spirit of France. And as Shafer shows, although Artaud was immensely productive, he struggled profoundly with his creative process, hindered by narcotics addiction, increasing paranoia, and an overwhelming sense of alienation. Situating Artaud’s contributions within the frenzy of his life and that of the twentieth century at large, this book is a compelling and fresh biography that pays tribute to its subject’s lasting cultural reverberations.

Feminism and Theatre


Author: Sue-Ellen Case

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136735208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

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First Published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Theories of the Theatre

A Historical and Critical Survey from the Greeks to the Present


Author: Marvin A. Carlson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801481543

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 553

View: 3186

Beginning with Aristotle and the Greeks and ending with semiotics and post-structuralism, Theories of the Theatre is the first comprehensive survey of Western dramatic theory. In this expanded edition the author has updated the book and added a new concluding chapter that focuses on theoretical developments since 1980, emphasizing the impact of feminist theory.

50 Drawings to Murder Magic


Author: Antonin Artaud

Publisher: Seagull Books London Limited


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 82

View: 5421

Antonin Artaud was a poet, theorist, philosopher, essayist, playwright, actor and director, and one of the 20th century’s most important theoreticians of drama. His theory of the ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ has influenced playwrights as diverse as Beckett, Genet, Albee and Gelber. Magic was always a central concept for Artaud, and in nearly all his writing it is given the most positive force, as something capable of healing the rift between words and things, culture and life. But during his nine years of incarceration in mental asylums, magic seemed to lose its illuminating transformative power and to become demonic and persecutory. Artaud entered the realm of spectres and vampires which he believed were sucking the vitality from his mind and body. Artaud later filled twelve little exercise books with an account of his struggles to escape this physical, psychological and artistic hell. The first eleven books are filled with fragments of writing and extraordinary sketches of totemic figures, pierced bodies and enigmatic machines. Two months before his death, he took a twelfth exercise book and wrote a remarkable, incantatory text, 50 Drawings to Murder Magic. It was the last thing he wrote.

Brecht on Theatre

The Development of an Aesthetic


Author: Bertolt Brecht,John Willett

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0809005425

Category: Drama

Page: 294

View: 7120

Selections from the celebrated German playwright's writings on the nature and direction of twentieth-century drama


Death's Double And the Phenomena of Theatre


Author: Alice Rayner

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452908885

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 205

View: 9923

Making spirits visible has been a part of the theatrical experience since at least the sixteenth century. Instead of illusions, however, ghostly doubles in theatre are materially real and pervasive. In Ghosts, Alice Rayner examines theatre as a memorial practice that is haunted by the presence of loss, looking at how aspects of stagecraft turn familiar elements into something uncanny. Citing examples from the works of Shakespeare, Beckett, and Suzan-Lori Parks as well as the films Vertigo, Gaslight, and The Sixth Sense, she begins by describing time as it is employed by theatre with multiple aspects of presence, duration, and passage. Suggesting that objects connect past to present through the sense of touch, she explores how props are suspended backstage between motion and meaning. Her final chapters consider the curtain as theatre’s means for attempting to divide real and imaginary worlds. If ghosts hover where secrets—secrets of the past, secrets from oneself, secrets of life and death—are kept, then, according to Rayner, “theatre is where ghosts best make their appearances and let communities and individuals know that we live amid secrets hiding in plain sight.” Alice Rayner is associate professor of drama at Stanford University and author of, most recently, To Act, To Do, To Perform: Drama and the Phenomenology of Action.

Postdramatic Theatre


Author: Hans-Thies Lehmann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134496826

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 8976

Newly adapted for the Anglophone reader, this is an excellent translation of Hans-Thies Lehmann’s groundbreaking study of the new theatre forms that have developed since the late 1960s, which has become a key reference point in international discussions of contemporary theatre. In looking at the developments since the late 1960s, Lehmann considers them in relation to dramatic theory and theatre history, as an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies, and as an historical shift from a text-based culture to a new media age of image and sound. Engaging with theoreticians of 'drama' from Aristotle and Brecht, to Barthes and Schechner, the book analyzes the work of recent experimental theatre practitioners such as Robert Wilson, Tadeusz Kantor, Heiner Müller, the Wooster Group, Needcompany and Societas Raffaello Sanzio. Illustrated by a wealth of practical examples, and with an introduction by Karen Jürs-Munby providing useful theoretical and artistic contexts for the book, Postdramatic Theatre is an historical survey expertly combined with a unique theoretical approach which guides the reader through this new theatre landscape.

Stanislavski in Rehearsal


Author: Vasily Osipovich Toporkov

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135470480

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 6428

Jean Benedetti's new translation of Toporkov's invaluable record restores to us the vitality and insight of Stanislavski's mature thoughts on acting. Toporkov's account offers an insight into Stanislavski's legendary 'system' and his method of rehearsal that became known as the method of physical action.

Watchfiends & Rack Screams

Works from the Final Period


Author: Antonin Artaud

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781878972187

Category: Poetry

Page: 342

View: 5355

Translated by Clayton Eschleman A collection of writings ranging from cogent theoretical works to scatological glossolalia written during and after Artaud's incarceration in an aslum at Rodez creating one of the most powerful outpourings ever recorded.