Sunday, May 21, 1995

The Story Lived by Artaud-Mômo

San Francisco Art Institute

Artaud-Mômo, a compelling multimedia performance, takes its title from Antonin Artaud’s celebrated lecture of January 13th, 1947, in which he embodied the spirit of his “Theatre of Cruelty.” Of Artaud, Jean-Louis Barrault said, “he made himself into a theatre — a theatre that did not cheat.” Artaud-Mômo endeavors to invent Barrault’s statement — to bring Artaud himself into the theatre, and make him a mythic figure. Using elements of stage action, sound, primary sources, film, and slides, Artaud-Mômo celebrates his uncompromising passion, embodies the chaos of his tragic life, and awakens the purity of his spirit.

Presented in association with Beckett Plus One Productions