- Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
- Verlag: Grove Press (7. Januar 1994)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0802150306
- ISBN-13: 978-0802150301
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 0,6 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 46.089 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Theater and Its Double (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Dezember 1966
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Since its first publication in 1938, The Theater and Its Double by the French artist and philosopher Antonin Artaud has continued to provoke, inspire, enrage, enliven, challenge, and goad any number of theatrical debates in its call for a "Theater of Cruelty." A trio of theatrical manifestos, the book is an aggressive attack on many of the most treasured beliefs of both theater and Western culture. According to Artaud, the theater's "double" is similar to its Jungian "shadow," the unacknowledged, unconscious element that completes it but is in many ways its opposite. As "culture" inexorably draws the artistic impulse into safe channels, the repressed irrational urges of theater, based on dreams, religion, and emotion, are increasingly necessary to "purge" the sickness of society. Artaud identifies language itself as one of the major cultural culprits, and his attacks on it occasionally makes his text rough going. But his challenge to restore relevance to the heart of the theatrical experience remains fundamental to the vitality of theater, and his insistence on the sensory experience of drama as opposed to the literary (and such innovative ideas as the use of unconventional "found spaces") continues to be the clarion call of the theatrical avant-garde. --John Longenbaugh
First published in 1938, "The Theatre and Its Double" is a collection of essays detailing Antonin Artaud's radical theories on drama, which he saw as being stifled by conservatism and lack of experimentation. It contains the famous manifestos of the 'Theatre of Cruelty', 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. Also included is 'Seraphim's Theatre', in which Artaud attempts an actor's application of the Taoist principles of fullness and emptiness. This groundbreaking text is widely read throughout the world for the beauty of its style and as a source of inspiration for new drama, and will appeal to those in search of the essence of theatre. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Nonetheless, my personal take on the book was splendid. Not splendid enough that I would read it again, but worth the $20 I threw down on it. Who knows, I just may read it again, but there are better ones out there.
Although it can be hard to comprehend in parts, it is well worth a read, it's sheds a darkly intriguing light on the art of theatre and on the world that has shaped it.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in the darker side of life as well as (and especially) theatre students/enthusiasts.