THE ARTAUD series
“Tolstoy said that ‘the most important thing in life and art is to tell the truth.’ I chose to portray Antonin Artaud’s visionary genius and brilliant madness as a way to denounce the hypocrisies of society. I consider Artaud’s truth to be important and relevant to the present time, where the emotional and physical ‘cruelty’ of terror is everywhere, disguised behind the powers of good and evil.“ -Roi Escudero
ARTAUD MARAT a ROI ESCUDERO performance-art vérité tale
ARTAUD as MARAT
a Documentary Performance art-cinema™ play inspired by the lucid madness of a beloved genius.
IOAN ARDELEAN as ARTAUD
ROI ESCUDERO as MADAME NEBUNIE La FOLIE
ARTAUD MARAT a performance-art vérité tale
Written Designed and Directed
by ROI ESCUDERO
Movement by IOAN ARDELEAN
Produced by ETdC Projects’ Lab and VALENTIN EWAN
Mardi Gras is happening outside and the audience is brought inside Antonin Artaud's mind, where the imaginary, the symbolic and the real manifest themselves. A post-modern installation of performance-art, movement, music, sound poetry and film, which evokes the full force of the life, work and lucid madness of the beloved visionary genius.
Ioan Ardelean as ARTAUD and ALL his HALLUCINATIONS
Roi Escudero as MADAME NEBUNIE La FOLIE
Valentin Ewan as The CARETAKER
MADEMOISELLE RAISON d'être, the DANCER TBA
Playwright/Director/ Production Designer-mise en scène: scenic design, costumes, mask, objects of art, and multimedia video concept, designed and realized by Roi Escudero
Producer/Dramaturg/Stage Manager/Videographer/ Multimedia Technical Director: Valentin Ewan
Virtual Painting in the pix: Celestial Intruder by James Ewan
We are workshopping the piece at this moment.
ARTAUD MARAT will be presented at the FRIGID Festival, winter 2020
Spring 2020 at The Medicine Show Theatre and The 13 Repertory Theatre
Summer 2020 at The International ATELIER Festival, at the Municipal Theatre Baia-Mare 02-09 June 2020
More information to come...
I want to thank Joan and Frederick M. Nicholas, founder and former Chairman of the Board of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, CA, for their unconditional support and encouragement to my performance-art work, and the work produced at ETdC Projects’ Lab. More gratitude also to The Ray and Wyn Ritchie Evans Foundation for its generosity, as well as to Randi Berry and The Indie Theater Fund for its grant Pay the Artist, and
The League of Independent Theater.
To Erez Ziv, Artistic Director at FRIGID New York, Emily Godfrey, FRIGID 2020 Marketing and PR, Genny Yosco, Artist Coordinator, Joey Neill, Technical Director.
I extend my gratitude to Chris Brandt, Artistic Director, Medicine Show Theatre New York, Joe Battista, Artistic Director, 13 Repertory Theatre New York. Mika Oyaizu, Jack Placidi, and all the Artists in residence at ETdC Projects’ Lab and its Studio Associated Artists for their talent and dedication during the creative process of the development of ARTAUD MARAT.
Many thanks to the actors who portrayed Artaud in the prior versions of the Artaud series: Andy Chmelko, Fletcher Liegerot, and Brad Burgess, the cast and production team. Merci, Artaud.
*The Indie Theater Fund is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit designed to financially assist organizations and individual artists creating independent theater in the five boroughs of New York City. The intent of the Fund is to protect, sustain and strengthen this vital segment of American theater in any economic environment and to further enhance its positive impact on the cultural landscape of the city. The money for the Fund comes from participating organizations and artists who make donations in the amount of 5¢ per ticket they sell.
Roi Escudero's work is under the umbrella of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
“Bubi is a director of the third millennium.” “Bravo!”
-Mario Fratti - Playwright/Critic -American Oggi
“Artaud…mon momo” — Roi “Bubi” Escudero is a one-of-a-kind artist, with a deep knowledge of the avant-garde, a limitless imagination and a penchant for never repeating herself. This is her second look at the ethos of “Theater of Cruelty” inventor Antonin Artaud. There won’t be anything in the festival remotely like it.–Martin Denton -nytheater.com
“Antonin…mon Artaud, the latest play/multimedia installation/performance art piece by Roi "Bubi" Escudero and her collaborators at ETdC Projects' Lab, is an ambitious and intriguing exploration of the life and ideas of one of the seminal figures of 20th century theatre.” “Dazzling video and sonic imagery.” “Enthralling.”
–Martin Denton -nytheater.com
In the Pictures: Brad Burgess, Bryant Carroll*, Mika Oyaizu, Kimberly Carvalho, Ashley Carvalho, Roi Escudero, Ioan Ardelean and Antonin Artaud
Antonin Artaud as Marat - Napoléon by Abel Gance (1927)
Chanson: Aimer À Perdre La Raison est adaptée du poème de Louis Aragon
« La croix pour l’ombre » © 1971 Compositeur Jean Ferrat
©Pictures by James Ewan, Valentin Ewan and Roi Escudero.
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