[Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) in 1926, at age 30]
Here is a link to an intriguing 1993 documentary – en français – “La Véritable histoire d’Artaud Le Mômo“ – Gerard Mordillat and Jerome Prieur spent two years tracking down, one by one, the friends of Artaud, who had previously refused to talk about him. Paule Thévenin, Marthe Robert, Henri Thomas, Henri Pichette and Rolande Plevel offer revealing insights.
Looking ahead to the Spring of next year [2015 (sic)], Canadian theatre-director, actor, performer, Christian LaPointe is planning to read non-stop the entire Artaud oeuvre! – (you’ll be able to follow along on-line) – all 8,517 pages!
(“In the Theater of Cruelty, you have this idea of the performer who is white hot, who goes to the limits of his capacity, who is like a cry that comes out of the fire”..”If you come to see someone reading for three days straight [as will be the case with LaPointe’s performance], there is something cruel in it”)
[*** 2015 update – the Artaud marathon – he didn’t quite succeed, but he did pretty well – 2,528 pages
There’s some sections from it – here]
In the meantime, there is also – and always – this – the unforgettable voice of “Le Mômo“
(from “To Have Done With The Judgement of God” (“Pour en finir avec le jugement de dieu”) (still, after all these years, mighty disturbing!)