Often deemed unstageable, Artaud’s short play Jet of Blood, or Spurt of Blood as it is sometimes known, was written in , but not performed. bites the gigantic wrist, and a spurt of blood splashes across the stage before all Densely packed as it is, Artaud’s Jet de Sang can be read aloud in about five. Jet of Blood, adapted from Antonin Artaud, directed by Olivia Allen. Designed by Adam Gardnir, lighting by Luke Hails, sound by Hayley.

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There are other associations between the characters in both plays, including the anachronism of the Knight, dependence of bllod Nurse Wetnursefidelity of the Young Girl, and the idealism of the Young Man Cohn, All of which goes a long way toward explaining why Chicago-based writer-actors Craig Carlisle and Jay Woolston decided against producing a faithful version of The Spurt of Blood. By Sharon Johnson This page was last edited on 1 Septemberat Baal, pagan Lord of Heaven, god of rain and fertility.

Jet of Blood was completed in Paris, on January 17,perhaps in its entirety on that day alone. Outside a lunatic asylum, a war zone or a concentration camp, I am not sure whether there can be such a thing.

On this experience alone you oof that Abu Ghraib is the ultimate Artaudian theatre. Spurt of Blood is an incredibly provocative play, featuring minimal dialogue, raining limbs and swarms of scorpions.

jeet But the humor isn’t all in the Monty Python vein. Instead they incorporated Artaud’s play into their vicious, for the most part on-the-mark, late-night satire of Artaud and those who would take him too seriously. Making Artaud is, in many ways, also an unmaking of Artaud. The Young Man, the only character costumed in ordinary clothes, is spilt into a world of bewildering confusions, populated by a Priest with a Swiss accent Roderick Cairnshis canine Sexton Julian Crotti and a Whore Katherine Tonkin.


The Young Man and the Whore are still alive and they are mid-coitus and eating each other with their eyes. Grotowski’s actor-centred quest for sacred truth blod Brook’s aesthetic sensuousness are far too humane to be genuinely Artaudian. Posted by Alison Croggon at 3: It is possible to think of the theatrics of torture in Abu Ghraib – the posing for photographs, the obliterating of the human body, the totalising word, the sexual loathing – as the ultimate Artaudian theatre.

For the first thirty seconds Arhaud thought we were in for something special in Queen Lear. This makes it all really exciting, both to be part of and watch develop, and as an audience member. Interesting that opening citation of yours; Artaud’s own radio production of “To Have Done with the Judgment of God” is available online here: The “cruelty” he demanded from theatre had an austerely moral purpose.

Seuss’ The Grinch Fantastic Beasts: Do it on the radio. Artaud envisioned a theatre was, at its core, religious: Jet of Blood Jet de Sangalso known as Spurt of Bloodis an extremely short play by the French theatre practitionerAntonin Artaudwho was also the founder of the “Theatre of Cruelty” movement. Just as obvious is the fact that you have not seen the incredible performances of the many contemporary physical theatre ensembles around world that trace their lineage indirectly and directly from Artaud.

Challenging, stringent avant chamber play. Contact ajcroggon at gmail dot com. Why Carlisle felt it necessary to show that his cast could play Artaud straight after mocking him for the better part of an hour is beyond me.

Critics Disturbing dreamscapes make up a fierce short story … dark and misty, like the anxiety Artaud himself must have experienced. Perhaps the most telling symptom is the lack of disgust in this show. This minor misstep, however, is overshadowed by an even bigger one in the last third of the show in which Carlisle and Woolston, for reasons unknown, drop their parodic stance for a few minutes and attempt a straight take on The Spurt of Blood, with predictable results. July Learn how and when to remove this template message.


The Spurt of Blood

An experiment in visual dramaturgy and repetition rituals; an exploration of emotions in a dark, jeet space. The Young Man and the Whore run away. And Artaud is not easily captured.

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However, Artaud was completely jrt to any idea of social revolution, breaking in disgust from the Surrealists when they briefly embraced Communism. So I suppose to answer your question – How does one realise Antonin Artaud on stage?

His revolution was solely cultural: Blokd Boule de Verre has many apparent correlations with Jet de Sang. Views Read Edit View history. Since the original title of Jet of Blood was Jet de Sang ou la Boule de Verreit is argued that Artaud may have written Jet of Blood in part as a parody of a one-act play by one of his contemporaries, a surrealist named Armand Salacrou.

The all-important special effects are laughably bad, blooe most pathetic being a stuffed glove on the end of a pole to represent the mighty hand of God.

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The characters of the Knight and the Nurse or Wet-Nurse enter. From his adolescence, Artaud jey periodically incarcerated with a condition that looks very like schizophrenia.

Of the original The Spurt of Blood, only the opening dialogue between two young lovers has remained. Modern man, claimed Fromm, is unable to sustain the spiritual autonomy granted only recently by the fall of God, and seeks comfort in modern patterns of submission. I’ve had internet problems. In spite of endless repetitions, I am eagerly present and, to my bewilderment, responsible for the fact that this massive darkness and cruelty neither distresses nor alarms me.