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Antonin Artaud Art And Art

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Antonin Artaud and the theatre he created
"There is in every madman a misunderstood genius whose idea, shining in his head, frightened people, and for whom delirium was the only solution to the strangulation that life had prepared for him." Antonin Artaud is not known for his many famous and interesting quotes. He was known for his experiments with Theatre and the creations of a sub- Surrealist theatre known as Theatre of Cruelty.
The above quote, though, embodies who Artaud was; A genius, a madman, and in a league of his own. Artaud's life was not one that most would call normal and this helped shape his ideas and works as well as his contribution to dramatic theory. Though his beginnings and ideas are not those of the "norm"-que "what is normal" comment- Artaud is one man who has shaped the theatre and its art irreparably and will be idealized for a long time to come. Antonin Artaud was born September 4, 1896, under the full name Antonin-Marie-Joseph Artaud. Originally born in Marseille, France, he was introduced to mysticism at a young age through his Levantine Greek heritage. His knowledge and interest in mysticism shows up prevalently in the majority of his work (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/36724/Antonin-Artaud). His heritage is not the only part of Antonin Artaud's life that shaped his work, nor was it the start of his dramatic writing.
"I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know
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