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.

Author: Dotaur Kagasho
Country: Netherlands
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Literature
Published (Last): 16 July 2004
Pages: 437
PDF File Size: 15.56 Mb
ePub File Size: 1.45 Mb
ISBN: 663-9-60678-709-1
Downloads: 95198
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Malanris

The 30 pieces—plus five online-only exclusives—selected for this year’s issue. Tell us about the show! Critics Disturbing dreamscapes make up a fierce short story … dark and misty, like wrtaud anxiety Artaud himself must have experienced. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

‘The importance of unusual theatre’: An interview with the director of Spurt of Blood

Turning the lights up on the audience, for example, felt like an obvious gesture, whereas the same action in Stuck Pigs Squealing’s Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcanoa show that scraped the raw nerves of the subconscious, was genuinely discomforting. The Chicago company is looking for a way to survive in a changing world.

Unfortunately, vlood concentrated in the first half of the show. Images of destruction are recurring in Jet de Sangwith Artaud starting the audience out with a simple, well-ordered world and repeatedly destroying it, using natural disasters, plagues, and storms to throw typical bourgeois characters into chaos and disarray.

Review: Jet of Blood ~ theatre notes

Outside a lunatic asylum, a war zone or a concentration camp, I am not sure whether there can be such a thing. Challenging, stringent avant chamber play. 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. 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.


Robyn Nevin in the titular role, regally costumed in Associating gluttony and lust, sex and violence, even innocence and swinishness, The Spurt of Blood attacks the senses with bizarre sights and sounds as it reaches toward our subconscious impulses and fears.

What makes Artaud different from most mentally ill people is that, in what is almost a contradiction in terms, he was coldly conscious of his madness, and was capable of describing it with an almost savagely clinical intelligence. The Young Man and the Whore run away.

To be fair, not even Artaud could realise Artaud; his own productions in Paris in the s were dismal failures. Ignite Theatreworks, until October He shouldn’t have; Artaud himself was a great fan of the Marx Brothers and a firm believer in the anarchic irreverence of comedy.

Artaud, on bpood other hand, claimed he was recording intolerable realities from which there was no escape.

I know it’s been quiet on the blog the past couple of days. However, it has not been quiet at home: Spurt of Blood opens on Wednesday 8th June at 7.

Jet of Blood – Wikipedia

By Deanna Isaacs By Valya Lupescu It is implied that these two are the parents of the Young Girl and are somehow related to the Young Man as well.

And I think they should be faced, rather than denied.

Like many modernists, Artaud was only interested in individual transformation: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You have obviously read more criticisms on Artaud than actual writings by Artaud. Plays by Antonin Artaud Surrealist plays plays.

The world is created, and then desecrated by us, while we still cling on to notions of innocence and love. Apologies for the delayed answer: The lights come up and almost everyone is dead and scattered across the stage.


The Spurt of Blood

However the production was never mounted. The tableaux she creates are often comic as well as dreamlike: Do it on the radio. Alison, You extend the negative critiques that have always been attached to Artaud’s work to a new outrageous and unconscionable level by comparing Artaud to violent terrorist killers Osama bin Laden and Pol Pot.

By Atticus Bikos An experiment in visual dramaturgy and repetition rituals; an exploration of emotions in a dark, open space. 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.

Or does art hold no meaning in bloodd life”? The Nurse and the Knight exit. Saturday, September 23, Review: Newer Post Older Post Home. I can’t think of anyone who has taken Artaud’s ideas in toto and realised them in the theatre; and in my heart, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to. But you have read the books and seen the pictures. I think also that Artaud’s writings, like some other modernists the Futurists, for example, or Ezra Pound’s support of Fascism have some uncomfortable implications.

I can artaux stress how strongly I believe it does. I admire Artaud’s writing, and I greatly admire many of the artists who are influenced by his work.

By Reader staff Of course you also have not experienced a lunatic asylum, a war zone or a concentration camp. But the humor isn’t all in the Monty Python vein.