Antonin Artaud

(1896-1948 / France)

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  • ''It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theatre producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 24, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Appeal to Youth: Intoxication-Disintoxication (1934).
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  • ''Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 36, Indian Culture and Here Lies, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). Ci-Gît (1947).
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  • ''So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). General Security: The Liquidation of Opium (1925). Arguing for the free use of opium.
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  • ''Ah! How neatly tied, in these people, is the umbilical cord of morality! Since they left their mothers they have never sinned, have they? They are apostles, they are the descendants of priests; one can only wonder from what source they draw their indignation, and above all how much they have pocketed to do this, and in any case what it has done for them.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theatre producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). General Security: The Liquidation of Opium (1925).
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  • ''Hell is of this world and there are men who are unhappy escapees from hell, escapees destined ETERNALLY to reenact their escape.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). General Security: The Liquidation of Opium (1925).
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  • ''Destroy yourselves, you who are desperate, and you who are tortured in body and soul, abandon all hope. There is no more solace for you in this world. The world lives off your rotting flesh.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 10, ed. Susan Sontag (1976). "General Security: The Liquidation of Opium," (1925).
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  • ''If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself but to put myself back together again. Suicide will be for me only one means of violently reconquering myself, of brutally invading my being, of anticipating the unpredictable approaches of God. By suicide, I reintroduce my design in nature, I shall for the first time give things the shape of my will.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. In Artaud Anthology, ed. Jack Hirschman (1965). "On Suicide," no. 1, Le Disque Vert (Paris, 1925).
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  • ''When we speak the word "life," it must be understood we are not referring to life as we know it from its surface of fact, but to that fragile, fluctuating center which forms never reach.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. "Preface: The Theater and Culture," The Theater and Its Double (1938, trans. 1958).
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  • ''With society and its public, there is no longer any other language than that of bombs, barricades, and all that follows.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. repr. In Renee Weingarten, Writers and Revolution, ch. 15 (1974). quoted in Le Monde (Paris, Sept. 11, 1970). Remark to André Breton.
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  • ''Tragedy on the stage is no longer enough for me, I shall bring it into my own life.''
    Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. quoted in the memoirs of Jean-Louis Barrault, "The Grenier des Grands-Augustins," pt. 2, Memories for Tomorrow (1972, trans. 1974).
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Best Poem of Antonin Artaud

Jardin Noir

Spin the eddies of the sky inside these black petals.
Shadows have covered the earth that bears us.
Open a pathway to the plough amongst your stars.
Enlighten us, escort us with your host,
Silver legions, on the mortal course
Which we strive towards at the core of night.

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Jardin Noir

Spin the eddies of the sky inside these black petals.
Shadows have covered the earth that bears us.
Open a pathway to the plough amongst your stars.
Enlighten us, escort us with your host,
Silver legions, on the mortal course
Which we strive towards at the core of night.

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