The Spurt of Blood
To Have Done With The Judgment of God
July 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th, 21st 2012 7-9pm
@ Machine Nightclub, 1254 Boylston St. Boston MA 02215
Written By: Antonin Artaud
Directed by: Vahdat Yeganeh
Visual Art By: Philippe Lejeune
Music Director: Phil Mantis
Cast: Lorna Nogueira, Jared Wright, Hannah Cranton.
$20 general admission, $10 student.
I am very excited for The Boston Experimental Theatre Company’s (BETC) new project; The Spurt of Blood; To Have Done With The Judgment Of God. BETC is presenting a night of experimental videos, live music, art installations, live painting, and experimental theatre all influenced by the writings of Mr. Antonin Artaud at Machine Nightclub. Bar and art exhibition will be open at 7pm, and the Theatre Production starts at 7:30pm.
BETC’s new production is a long-term workshop studying the theatre of Antonin Artaud and Jerzy Grotowski in rehearsals and public performances. In our new production we are collaborating with visual artist Philippe Lejeune and his Glass Project, musician Phil Mantis and lighting designer Sean Nolan.
I met the artist Philippe Lejeune when BETC was performing The Misunderstanding at the BCA in September 2011 and Philippe was exhibiting pieces of The Glass Project on the plaza outside the theater. I was instantly fascinated by his work and ideas. Months of meetings and conversations followed and finally in March 2012 we started the current workshop featuring Philippe’s artwork. We brought our workshop to public spaces, festivals such as Harvard Yard and Boston Figment.
The Spurt of Blood project results from a series of exercises; we create an environment in the rehearsal room that encourages actors, designers and musicians to discover the relationships between their bodies, their imaginations, space, light, sound and most importantly the others. Through this process actors explore ideas and emotions and allow relationships to grow. The hope is to develop the show organically from these intimate and intense atmosphere.
Now we have been invited by the management of Machine Nightclub to present our workshop production beginning July 12th, 2012. For these performances we are adapting Antonin Artaud’s plays The Spurt of Blood and To Have Done With the Judgement of God. Identity, self image, love, and their relationships with sex, food and religions will be explored in this unique nightclub venue. In our space at Machine Nightclub the house (and the bar), will open at 7:00 pm. Beginning at 7 pm the audience is invited to explore the Glass Project for themselves, and BETC will follow with its own exploration using the same sculptures and Artaud’s text and writing at 7:30pm.
We are excited to bring this workshop to the public and encourage you to bring your imagination with you. We hope to learn from you, both as spectators and actors and continue from there.