Monthly Archives: August 2012

3 shows left for Artaud

Our last 3 shows for Artaud: un portrait en décomposition are this Thursday at 5pm, Friday at 10pm and Sunday at 5pm.

Our first three shows have gone off fabulously and we had a great Artaud Symposium last night at the Tarragon. Thanks to Richard Rose for appearing on the panel and for hosting, and thanks to fellow panellists Tatiana Jennings, Jacob Zimmer and Aaron Rotbard. And a special thanks to Erin Brubacher for helping plan the event.

You can purchase tickets HERE or call the box office here: 416-915-6747

And we’ve had some great press, too:


Arts Vox 

Artaud Symposium at Tarragon August 14th 7pm

TheatreRUN is hosting a symposium on the legacy of Antonin Artaud and his influence on contemporary thought and theatre practice. 

The even will be held at the Tarragon Theatre, August 14th at 7pm, in conjunction with our SummerWorks presentation of Artaud: un portrait en décomposition.

Joining host Adam Paolozza as panelists will be Richard Rose (theatre director and artistic director of the Tarragon theatre), Jacob Zimmer (director, dramaturge and choreographer), Tatiana Jennings (theatre director, chor

eographer), Marc Lemyre (poet, theatre maker) and Aaron Rotbard (psychotherapist).

Here’s how it works: Adam has given all the panelists a selection of readings on Artaud. These readings will serve to generate a select few talking points. Each member of the panel will have a chance to respond to each talking point in turn and then we will open up the floor to a less formal discussion where panelists can respond to each other, ask questions and/or throw the floor open to the audience to ask questions.

If you’re interested in coming please RSVP Adam Paolozza at so we can have an idea of numbers. 

If you’d like to do your homework and read the selection of Artaud texts ahead of time we can also send you a pdf file with them. 
Send all requests to the same address.

Some background on the show and on Artaud:

Artaud: un portrait en décomposition is a theatrical portrait of the life and poetry of Antonin Artaud. 

Cruelty, madness and beauty.
Through his poems and letters and through the words of his closest friends, Artaud: un portrait en décomposition creates a dynamic theatrical portrait of the French poet, surrealist and mad man of the theatre Antonin Artaud. 

Artaud is a seminal figure in 20th art. He was a true metaphysical revolutionary calling for total cultural and spiritual revolution. His work is a scream of pain. He draws us dangerously close to the limits of what is considered “normal” and “sane” and he was himself incarcerated in various asylums for 9 years of his life. There he suffered 51 electroshock sessions, a novel “therapy” at the time. Artaud’s work forces us to re-evaluate what we consider as culture and to redefine the boundaries between madness and sanity. With Artaud we see that madness, Belgian director Jan Fabre says, can itself be a form of protest.

Part docudrama, part verbatim theatre and part performance poetry, Artaud: un portrait en décomposition incarnates Artaud’s tumultuous life and work on the stage.

***Performed in French with English Surtitles***
Written by Michele Smith and Adam Paolozza using letters and poems by ANTONIN ARTAUD

Directed by Michele Smith

Featuring Coleen MacPherson and Adam Paolozza

Lighting design by Kim Purtell

“Intimate…beautiful…the kind of work we want to see more of in Toronto.”

– Sophie Perceval, TFO – Radio Canada

“Beautiful…moving, human…”

– Marjorie Murhpy, Radio Canada

“Stylish and cinematic”

– Patricia Marceau, actor/director

Sunny Interview with Adam

Sunny, the official SummerWorks mascot, interviewed Artaud co-creator and performer Adam Paolozza about the upcoming show…there was, however, a slight communication problem…

Some Texts by ARTAUD

ImageDark Poet 

Dark Poet, a maid’s breast
Haunts you,
Embittered poet, life seethes
And life burns,
And the sky reabsorbs itself in rain,
Your pen scratches at the heart of life.

Forest, forest, alive with your eyes,
On multiple pinions;
With storm-bound hair,
The poets mount horses, dogs.

Eyes fume, tongues stir,
The heavens surge into our senses
Like blue mother’s milk;
Women, harsh vinegar hearts,
I hang suspended from your mouths.

Umbilical Limbo 1926
Translated by Victor Corti


“The Theatre of Cruelty has been created in order to restore to the theatre a passionate and convulsive conception of life, and it is in this sense of violent rigour and extreme condensation of scenic elements that the cruelty on which it is based must be understood. This cruelty, which will be bloody when necessary but not systematically so, can thus be identified with a kind of severe moral purity which is not afraid to pay life the price it must be paid.”

– Antonin Artaud, The Theatre of Cruelty

“All writing is pigshit. People who leave the obscure and try to define whatever it is that goes on in their heads, are pigs…. Those for whom certain words have meaning, and certain manners of being; those who are so fussy; those for whom emotions are classifiable, and who quibble over some degree or other of their hilarious classifications; those who still believe in ‘terms,’ those who brandish whatever ideologies belong to the hierarchy of the times, who talk of contemporary currents of thought; those who still believe in some orientation of the spirit, those who follow paths, who drop names, who fill books with screaming headlines …are the worst kind of pigs. “

-Antonin Artaud, Umbilical Limbo