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Artaud’s Les Cenci

  • Amanda Di Ponio
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Part of the Avant-Gardes in Performance book series (AGP)

Abstract

Di Ponio focuses on Antonin Artaud’s only Theatre of Cruelty production, Les Cenci, which premiered 9 May 1935. Regarded as a failed venture, Di Ponio considers the merits of the production which was indeed a compromised rendering of the Theatre of Cruelty. A discussion of the presence of furor in the play, most exceptionally through the character of Count Francesco Cenci, links this chapter to previous discussions involving madness and delirium. Through furor, Artaud was successful in rousing audience members through their senses without having to rely on systemic bloodshed that is often associated with his theatre.

Keywords

Antonin Artaud Theatre of Cruelty Les Cenci Incest 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Di Ponio
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  1. 1.Huron University CollegeLondonCanada

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