By Howard Barker

ISBN-10: 0203313534

ISBN-13: 9780203313534

ISBN-10: 0415349877

ISBN-13: 9780415349871

Loss of life, the only and the artwork of Theatre is the most recent selection of Barkers special and revelatory philosophical musings on theatre. it's a gorgeous array of speculations, deductions, prose poems and poetic aper?us that casts a different and unflinching gentle at the nature of tragedy, eroticism, love and theatre. Exploring the juncture among aesthetics and metaphysics, the publication appears to be like on the human event of affection and dying as existence at its so much intrinsically theatrical. Howard Barker is an the world over popular playwright whose works are frequently produced all through Europe and the U.S.. he's well known for his arguable explorations into modern tragedy and his anti-Brechtian concentrate on the irrational and the catastrophic. he's usually credited as an important effect at the new release of playwrights that incorporates Sarah Kane. demise, the only and the artwork of the Theatre is a profoundly unsettling and encouraging piece of writing and extends the problem to orthodox morality that Barker first offered in Arguments for a Theatre, a problem he describes as males and womens mystery eager for the incomprehensible nature of discomfort.

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How could it fail to shock? It utters what has not been uttered. It steals utterance from death . . ● Are the tragedians brave enough for the tragedy? Even in the art of theatre, the longing to recuperate value from the dying of values . . ● Dracula – the fear of the known. He must come in the night, to the sleeping (unspeaking) one, when she can be imagined, when she cannot reveal her appalling familiarity by utterance. Is Dracula not characterized by fatigue? 37 Is he not the epitome of the lover who has heard it all, and for whom the one can be contemplated only as mute?

Cults of immortality both . ) ● Death is the secret of secrets, the origin of the idea of the secret, of which desire is the highest manifestation in life . . ● The art of theatre, which recognizes in tragedy the greatest gift of the thinkers-of-death to the yet-to-be-dead, disposes of the self-evident with every gesture. In other words, it deems all acts both possible and justified, thereby countering the humanist slogan ‘we are all human’ with the terrible riposte ‘this is human also . ’ ● 35 The art of theatre is a theatre without limits.

Even I wish to enlighten myself . . ● The art of theatre is a darkness, because it speaks to a darkness. How does it protect the wealth of its darkness from the enlighteners? How does it protect its darkness from its own will to abolish this darkness – for, let us confess it – there is no man alive who lacks the compulsion to teach? In the first instance we scrupulously cleanse ourselves of all those moral, medical and political neuroses pertaining to the improvement of mankind. We deny ourselves the coercive pleasure of instructing the public.

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