I met up with Zoé Barnes and Kat Tinnirello-Savvas at the Judith E Wilson Drama Studio on Thursday morning to do a few photos for Zoé’s upcoming play Spurt of Blood. It is always fun to do photoshoots with Zoé, she has this magic bag, and you never know what trinkets she will pull out of it. The Drama Studio is quite large with black walls partly covered by black panels. The borders between the panels would show up as lines in any photos taken, but luckily we managed to find a black cloth to use as a backdrop there. For lighting I had brought two flashes with me.
“Today as yesterday, the public is greedy for mystery: it asks only to become aware of laws according to which destiny manifests itself, and to divine perhaps the secret of its apparitions.”
“I saw, I knew, I understood. Here, on a public street… the priest, the cobbler, the peddler, the four seasons, the entrance to the church, the red lantern of the brothel, the scales of justice. I can stand for it no longer!”
“Either we restore all the arts to a central attitude and necessity, finding an analogy between a gesture made in painting or the theater, and a gesture made by lava in a volcanic explosion, or we must stop painting, babbling, writing, or doing whatever it is we do.”
“I propose, then, a theatre in which violent physical images crush and hypnotise the sensibility of the spectator seized by the theatre as by a whirlwind of higher forces.”
“I love you and everything is beautiful.”
An immense wheel turns and cuts through the wind. A hurricane separates two young lovers. Across the world, two Stars collide, a prostitute’s hair is set on fire and a priest searches a banquet of rotting food in the hope of finding a piece of Swiss cheese.
This new adaptation of Antonin Artaud’s ‘Spurt of Blood’ incorporated with writing from Artaud’s greater body of work and sequences of dance and music, brings to life the genius and the madness of the world’s greatest proponent of the Theatre of Cruelty. This is a journey unlike any other.
“The theatre will never find itself again… except by furnishing the spectator with the truthful precipitate of dreams, in which his taste for crime, his erotic obsessions, his savagery, his chimeras, his utopian sense of life and matter, even his cannibalism pour out on a level not counterfeit and illusory, but interior.”
Spurt of Blood will run 14-18 June in Judith E Wilson Drama Studio.