Artaud - By thesameauthor COLLECTEDWORKSVOL.1

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Unformatted text preview: By thesameauthor COLLECTEDWORKSVOL.1 CorrespondencewithJacquesRiviere UmbilicalLimbo NerveScales ArtandDeath UnpublishedProseandPoetry CupandBall SevenLetters COLLECTEDWORKSVOL.2 TheAlfredJarryTheatre TwoStageScenariosandTwoProductionPlans Reviews OnLiteratureandthePlasticArts COLLECTEDWORKSVOL.3 Scenarios OntheCinema Interviews Letters COLLECTEDWORKSVOL.4 TheTheatreandItsDouble TheCenci DocumentsonTheTheatreandItsDouble DocumentsonTheCenci THECENCI, a play THEDEATHOFSATAN & OTHER MYSTICALWRITINGS NEWPARISEDITIONS:1 THE THEATREAND ITSDOUBLE essays by AntoninArtaud Translated by VictorCorti CALDER Montreuil'London'NewYork '~!$ C r~":l..:':~~~\ !''' therapy. Everythingthatactsiscruelty.Theatremustrebuilditselfona l/~~ con~ofthi~action'pushedtothelimit. Infusedwiththeideathatthemassesthinkwiththeirsensesfirst andforemostandthatitisridiculoustoappealprimarilytoour understandingaswedoineverydaypsychologicaltheatre,the TheatreofCrueltyproposestoresorttomasstheatre,thereby rediscoveringalittleofthepoetryinthefennentofgreat,agitated crowdshurledagainstoneanother,sensationsonlytoorarenow- adays,',vhenmassesofholidaycrowdsthrongthestreets. Iftheatrewantstofinditselfneededoncemore,itmustpresent everythinginlove,crime,warandmadness. Everydaylove,personalambitionanddailyworriesareworth- lessexceptinrelationtothekindofawfullyricismthatexistsin thoseMythstowhichthegreatmassofmenhaveconsented. Thisiswhywewilltrytocentreourshowaroundfamous personalities,horriblecrimesandsuperhumanself-sacrifices, demonstratingthatitcandrawoutthepowersstrugglingwithin them,withoutresortingtothedeadimageryofancientMy;:hs. Inaword,webelievetherearelivingpowersinwhatiscalled poetry,andthatthepictureofacrimepresentedintherightstage conditionsissomethinginfinitelymoredangeroustothemindtha~iq.' ift~samecrimewerecornmittedinlife." .\d",.rJf j (----Wewanttomaketheatreabelievablerealityinflictingthiskind r/.- pf tangiblelaceration,containedinalltruefeeling,ontheheart andsenses.Inthesamewayasourdreamsreactonusandreality reactsonourdreams,sowebelieveourselvesabletoassociate mentalpictureswithdreams,effectiveinsofarastheyare 1'ro-l jectedwiththerequiredviolencerAndtheaudiencewillbelievein\ theillusionoftheatre?~s.Q.!.lliitidn~~akeitforadream,, no\: foraservileif!1il;UiQTIofrealityJOnconditionitreleasesthe I iI1l1iic"freedom'or-'"a~e3r;;~iy recognisab1ewhenimprinted withterrorand.cruelty j Hencethis fun scaleinvocationofcrueltyandterror,itsscope I: 65 .,'"'-1.' ~")",.",."I.".-".~ Ul;..~.-~'1_n)._ J-1 i':, ".,,_Q'}~4 .,' THEATREANDCRUELTY Wehavelosttheideaoftheatre.Andinasmuchastheatrere- strictsitselftoprobingtheintimacyofafewpuppets,thereby transformingtheaudienceintoPeeping Toms, oneunderstands whytheelitehaveturnedawayfromitorwhythemassesgoto thecinema,music-hallandcircustofindviolentgratificationwhose intentiondoesnotdisappointthem. Oursensibilityhasreachedthepointwherewesurelyneed theatrethatwakesusupheartandnerves. Thedamagewroughtbypsychologicaltheatre,derived fromRacine,hasrenderedusunaccustomedtothedirect,violent...
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