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La refiguration de l’humain sur scène : Roger Blin ou l’art de l’entre-deux : étude des mises en scène par Roger Blin des pièces de Samuel Beckett et de Jean Genet (1953-1968)

Abstract : This PhD thesis originates from the surprise felt while reading critical receptions of Roger Blin’s stage creations of plays written by Samuel Beckett and Jean Genet. Though reflecting upon the presence on stage of artificial beings bereft of any substance and upon an established comic tone, the critics perceive the performance of the actors as natural. They point out the establishment of some “new realism” or “new theatre”, words that speculate in the first place a renewal in the way the human is figured on stage.Roger Blin, who had been deeply influenced by surrealists and Antonin Artaud, indeed stands up for a committed and poetic theatre that, all the while tackling the bourgeoisie and its codes, introduces on stage a hybrid creature that crosses various performance arts (puppet theatre, the clown, cabaret, far-eastern forms, etc.). In this respect, Blin’s repeated meetings with Beckett and Genet, whose plays distort classic characters and formally interrogate the stage, enable him to commit into fruitful companionships. In line with the Cartel, Blin tries to reveal the very essence of the oeuvre. From his invisible staging of Beckett’s plays to his visible staging of Genet’s plays, Blin seems to demand from his actors a balanced performance in between theatrical demonstration and a quest for the precise combination of gesture and words, in order to expose the persistence of some human kindness. This may trigger a powerful poetic effect that echoes the private anguishes of the members of the audience, facing a hard historical context: the consequences of discovering the concentration camps, of the use of the atomic bomb, and of the decolonisation process.
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Mathilde Dumontet. La refiguration de l’humain sur scène : Roger Blin ou l’art de l’entre-deux : étude des mises en scène par Roger Blin des pièces de Samuel Beckett et de Jean Genet (1953-1968). Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université Rennes 2, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018REN20006⟩. ⟨tel-01716321⟩

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