The Theatre and Its Double

The Theatre and Its Double

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 12.95mm | 174g
  • Alma Classics
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847493327
  • 9781847493323
  • 54,249

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'The Theater and Its Double' is far and away the most important thing that has been written about the theater in the twentieth century. It should be read again and again. Artaud oozed magical desires. He was the metaphysician of the theater.---Jean-Loius Barrault
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This smart reissue of Victor Corti's 1970 translation is welcome, offering a new generation access to Artaud's vision of theatre as total art form...even after all these years, it still sends shivers down the spine. * TLS * He has had an impact so profound that the course of all recent serious theatre in Western Europe and the Americas can be said to divide into two periods - before Artaud and after Artaud. -- Susan Sontag
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About Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) was a French playwright and poet. He was a leading figure in the Surrealist movement and, despite a divergence of ideas, remained a dedicated Surrealist all his life - devoting his time to the study of the problem of the conflict between man's physical and intellectual natures.
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