By Bertolt Brecht
This quantity deals an important choice of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking severe writing. right here, prepared in chronological order, are essays from 1918 to 1956, during which Brecht explores his definition of the Epic Theatre and his idea of alienation-effects in directing, appearing, and writing, and discusses, between different works, The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, mom braveness, Puntila, and Galileo, additionally incorporated is a brief Organum for the Theatre, Brecht's so much whole exposition of his innovative philosophy of drama.
Translated and edited by means of John Willett, Brecht on Theater is key to an figuring out of 1 of the 20 th century's so much influential dramatists.
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My expensive friend,
i feel i've got chanced on an appropriate name for my book.
it is going to be:
THE THEATRE AND ITS DOUBLE
for if theatre doubles lifestyles, lifestyles doubles actual theatre, however it has not anything to do with Oscar Wilde's principles on artwork. This name will agree to all of the doubles of the theatre which i assumed I'd discovered for thus a long time: metaphysics, plague, cruelty,
the pool of energies which represent Myths, which guy now not embodies, is embodied by means of the theatre. by means of this double I suggest the good magical agent of which the theatre, via its kinds, is simply the figuration on its option to turning into the transfiguration.
it truly is at the level that the union of idea, gesture and motion is reconstructed. And the double of the Theatre is truth untouched via the boys of today.
Artaud, Letter to Jean Paulhan.
25th January, 1936.
(Schumacher 1989, 87-88)
Since its first ebook in 1938, The Theater and Its Double through the French artist and thinker Antonin Artaud has persisted to impress, encourage, enrage, liven up, problem, and goad any variety of theatrical debates in its demand a "Theater of Cruelty. " A trio of theatrical manifestos, the publication is an competitive assault on a number of the so much precious ideals of either theater and Western tradition. in line with Artaud, the theater's "double" is the same to its Jungian "shadow," the unacknowledged, subconscious aspect that completes it yet is in lots of methods its contrary. As "culture" inexorably attracts the inventive impulse into secure channels, the repressed irrational urges of theater, in response to goals, faith, and emotion, are more and more essential to "purge" the affliction of society. Artaud identifies language itself as one of many significant cultural culprits, and his assaults on it sometimes makes his textual content tough going. yet his problem to revive relevance to the center of the theatrical adventure continues to be basic to the power of theater, and his insistence at the sensory adventure of drama in place of the literary (and such leading edge principles because the use of unconventional "found spaces") is still the clarion name of the theatrical avant-garde. --John Longenbaugh
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The subj ect-matter is immense; our choice of dramatic means must take account of the fact. About the last stage: Oedipus. B. : 1 . The major form. 2. The tech nique of the second half (Oed i pu s on Colchis) when a story is told , and very effectively. Here words that used to be shouted are theatrically effective. Here the 'experience', if it comes from anywhere, comes from the philosophical realm. ' From Berliner Biirsm Courier, 1 February 1 929] N O T E : This referred to an arrangement by Heinz Lipmann of Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Kolonnos, played in one evening at the Berlin Staatstheater.
From Die Szme, Berlin, April 1 927] N O T E : This talk on Berlin radio introduced a broadcast of Mann ist Mann on 27 March 1 927. It was reprinted in shortened and adapted form as a contribution to the opening programme of Erwin Piscator's 1 9 27-8 season at the Theater am Nollendorfplatz, where Brecht figured as one of Piscator's collaborators. It seems to mark the first stage in Brecht's social view of the arts, and of that idea of the comparative unimportance of individual identity which underlay much of his work up till 1 933, together with his collective method of working.
The sociologist knows that there are circumstances where improvement no longer does any good. His scale of j udgment runs not from 'good' to 'bad' but from 'correct' to 'false' . If a play is 'false' then he won't praise it on the grounds that it is 'good' (or 'beautiful'); and he alone will remain deaf to the aesthetic appeal of a 'false' production. Only he knows what is false; he does not deal in relativity; he bases himself on vital interests; he gets no fun from being able to prove everything but just wants to find out the one thing worth proving; he doesn't by any means take responsibility for everything, but only for one thing.
Brecht on Theatre by Bertolt Brecht