Five Truths: Artaud

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01:52 - [sings] He is dead and gone lady.

He is dead and gone;

At his head a grass-green turf,

At his heels a stone.

 

02:53 – [sings] He is dead and gone lady. He… Lady… Dead.

 

03:39 – [sings] They bore him barefaced on the bier…

Hey nonny, nonny, nonny, nonny, nonny, nonny, nonny, nonny, nonny…

 

04:29 - That’s for remembrance.

 

05:05 - There’s pansies. [shouts] That’s for thoughts.

 

05:18 – Oh! That’s a daisy, I would give you some violets but they withered all…

[moans] When my father died.

 

05:55 - And will he not come again. And will he not come again. [shouts] No, no. He is dead.

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Five Truths is an immersive video installation in the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Galleries. The films are inspired by five of the 20th century’s most influential theatre directors: Constantin Stanislavski; Antonin Artaud; Bertolt Brecht; Jerzy Grotowski; and Peter Brook. Five Truths examines how each of the five practitioners would direct the actress playing Ophelia in the famous mad scene in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Each film is directed by Katie Mitchell, and Ophelia is played by Michelle Terry.

The five films (10 screens) are designed to run simultaneously in the installation.


Five Truths, 12 July - 29 August 2011, Theatre & Performance, room 103, Free admission.

 


 

 

The films are inspired by five of the 20th century’s most influential theatre directors: Constantin Stanislavski; Antonin Artaud; Bertolt Brecht; Jerzy Grotowski; and Peter Brook.