Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The arts, The marquis de Sade and bunny rabbits!

Good afternoon interweb, I trust you are still working and that the BT servers have not screwed up again.
Id like today to chat a bit about the arts.
Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shake-spear Company was awarded a lifetime achievement  award at the weekend for his contribution to British theatre.
He is also the target of some peoples ire and anger after claiming that the controversy surrounding the play Marat/Sade is the lifeblood of the arts.
The play  in which the Marquis de Sade directs a play in an asylum surrounding the murder of a political thinker named Jean Paul Marat has been the cause of absolute uproar and outrage. The play contains scenes of torture, rape, murder and nudity and has lead to an average of up to 30 people walking out of each performance.
Well this makes me wonder what the hell the people who bought tickets for the play were expecting to see. Anybody who has ever read any of his works or done any research about him will undoubtedly be aware that his work is risqué to say the least. Wikipedia has this to say.....
Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814) was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author. He is best known for his erotic works, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, criminality, and blasphemy against the Catholic Church. He was a proponent of extreme freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion, or law.

Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life; eleven years in Paris (10 of which were spent in the Bastille) a month in Conciergerie, two years in a fortress, a year in Madelonnettes, three years in Bicêtre, a year in Sainte-Pélagie, and 13 years in the Charenton asylum. During the French Revolution he was an elected delegate to the National Convention. Many of his works were written in prison.
So with this in mind what were people expecting to see in this play? Bunny rabbits bouncing across the stage  and a Dame, with audience participation screaming, “he’s behind you” . Really it’s not rocket science, I find it difficult to understand what level of thinking these people have to go to see a play such as this and not expect to see nudity, scenes of torture, rape and murder.
Incidentally I have read and would recommend reading Justine and Juliette, works for which Napoleon Bonaparte himself ordered the arrest of the author and imprisonment  without trial until 1803 when he was declared insane and moved to an asylum. Napoleon called Justine "the most abominable book ever engendered by the most depraved imagination".
Anyway, interweb, that's my rant for the day over, only 5 days 10 hours and 18 minutes to the launch of MW3
Peace out y'all, THE BAGSTAXXX

1 comment:

  1. Even if it was called Politics Rape and torture, people would still go to see it, and still walk out and still complain.