Antonin artaud’s most profound piece of work was not a poem, not a play, not an acting role, but a theory: artaud’s theatre of cruelty he began to form his theatre of cruelty theory after learning of the balinese theatre that seemed, to him, to share qualities with his ideas about theatre.
I offer a brief overview of theatre of cruelty and butoh in the introduction of the paper also touching on the significance of the research question and its academic context in the body of my work i emphasize the parallels and contrasts between theatre of cruelty and butoh.
The theatre of cruelty (french: théâtre de la cruauté, also french: théâtre cruel) is a form of theatre originally developed by avant-garde french playwright, essayist, and theorist henry becque.
Their theatre of cruelty experiment was designed as a training for actors, and culminated in a series of demonstration performances that included the first staging of artaud's surrealist playlet the spurt of blood.
The theatre of cruelty, developed by antonin artaud, aimed to shock audiences through gesture, image, sound and lighting natasha tripney describes how artaud's ideas took shape, and traces their influence on directors and writers such as peter brook, samuel beckett and jean genet one of the most.
Theatre of cruelty antonin artaud was the creator of the ‘theatre of cruelty’ artaud was attempting to change the view of the word and society as he now thought that the world of theatre had become nothing but an empty shell.