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    STUDIA DRAMATICA - Issue no. 1 / 2012  
         
  Article:   LE THÉÂTRE À LA PREMIÈRE PERSONNE : TADEUSZ KANTOR ET PIPPO DELBONO / THE THEATRE IN THE FIRST PERSON: TADEUSZ KANTOR AND PIPPO DELBONO.

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  Abstract:  The Theatre in the First Person: Tadeusz Kantor and Pippo Delbono. The theatre of Tadeusz Kantor and Pippo Delbono cannot be separated from the persons of the two directors and is characterized by the unusual presence of the author on stage. Their performances are accomplished works of art as they are independent from literature and cannot be reproduced by another person; their world, frightening, funny and mysterious at the same time, is composed of imaginary projections sprung from their personal history and are structured around their presence on stage.
On stage, Tadeusz Kantor and Pippo Delbono are alternately narrators, actors and spectators: this interweaving raises the problem of the autobiographical theatre, a highly debatable genre. However, in this type of theatre, discussing oneself seems to take the form of a sacrifice, in a ceremony that summons death. « The only total truth in art/ is that of representing your own life » (T. Kantor, “The great theoretical digression”): Tadeusz Kantor and Pippo Delbono do not transform their life in a story, but sacrifice their individual lives, determining the spectator to stake his own privacy.

Keywords: autobiographical theatre, first person, confession, duality, narrator, recognition, the fourth wall, nudity, choir, sacrifice, community.
 
         
     
         
         
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