Antonin Artaud was a famous French theatre director and also a remarkable poet, actor, dramatist and essayist. He moved to Paris to pursue his passion for writing and got attracted to experimental theater. He trained under famous theater directors like Charles Dullin and Georges Pitoeff. During this period, he wrote essays, poetry and even played small roles in theater. Artaud got passionate about cinema and wrote his first surrealist film ‘The Seashell and the Clergyman’ and even debuted in films starting with a small role in ‘Passion of Joan of Arc’. Artaud once witnessed a Balinese dance performance, which inspired him to develop a new form called “The Theatre of Cruelty”. Its two manifestos were written in his book ‘The Theatre and Its Double’ which expressed his admiration for the western theater. He then transformed these ideas in the form of a play which failed commercially. The failure made him travel to Mexico where he stayed with the Tarahumara people and wrote down his experiences in ‘Voyage to the Land of the Tarahumara’. The below collection of Antonin Artaud’s most famous quotes have been excerpted from his writings, poems, essays and thoughts. Presenting sayings and quotes by Antonin Artaud which will give you a clear perspective about theater.
No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.
All writing is garbage. People who come out of nowhere to try and put into words any part of what goes on in their minds are pigs.
For nothing bestializes a being like the taste for eternal happiness, the search for eternal happiness at any price, and mademoiselle Lucifer is that slut who never wanted to abandon eternal happiness.