Death, the One and the Art of Theatre

Death, the One and the Art of Theatre

Death, the One and the Art of Theatre

Death, the One and the Art of Theatre

Synopsis

Death, The One and the Art of Theatre is the latest collection of Barkers distinctive and revelatory philosophical musings on theatre. It is a stunning array of speculations, deductions, prose poems and poetic aper¿¿us that casts a unique and unflinching light on the nature of tragedy, eroticism, love and theatre. Exploring the juncture between aesthetics and metaphysics, the book looks at the human experience of love and death as life at its most intrinsically theatrical.Howard Barker is an internationally renowned playwright whose works are regularly produced throughout Europe and the US. He is widely known for his controversial explorations into contemporary tragedy and his anti-Brechtian focus on the irrational and the catastrophic. He is often credited as a major influence on the generation of playwrights that includes Sarah Kane. Death, The One and the Art of the Theatre is a profoundly unsettling and inspiring piece of writing and extends the challenge to orthodox morality that Barker first presented in Arguments for a Theatre , a challenge he describes as men and womens secret longing for the incomprehensible nature of pain.

Excerpt

I do not know the theatre, and the theatre does not know me.

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There is the theatre and there is the art of theatre. All that is proposed in this book pertains to the latter.

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Some have had to do with the art of theatre, but finding it too arduous, chose to join the theatre. These are legion. a few remained faithful. Very few, because it is a painful path.

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The theatre purports to give pleasure to the many.The art of theatre lends anxiety to the few. Which is the greater gift?

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Nothing said about death by the living can possibly relate to death as it will be experienced by the dying. Nothing known about death by the dead can be communicated to the living. Over this appalling chasm tragedy throws a frail bridge of imagination.

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