By Herbert Blau
“Herbert Blau’s lengthy sustained inquiry into theater’s so much provocative questions—presence, liveness, and finitude—are, at their inner most point, queries into lifestyles. Reality Principles returns us to Blau’s inspiring provocations and extends them to new subjects—9/11 and flooring 0, the character of air of secrecy, Pirandello and Strindberg.”
—Peggy Phelan, Stanford University
Reality Principles gathers contemporary essays by means of esteemed pupil and theater practitioner Herbert Blau masking quite a number themes. The book’s provocative essays—including “The Emotional reminiscence of Directing,” “The Faith-Based Initiative of the Theater of the Absurd,” “Virtually Yours: Presence, Liveness, Lessness,” “The Human Nature of the Bot”—were given as keynotes and/or memorial lectures and are amassed right here for the 1st time. The essays absorb a striking array of topics—from physique paintings and the self-inflicted punishments of Stelarc, Orlan, and the Viennese Actionists, to flooring 0 and 9/11—and let Blau to handle serious questions of theater and thought, functionality and relevance, the absurd and the digital, background and phantasm, group and reminiscence. Reality Principles bargains a breathtaking view of Herbert Blau’s views on existence and the imitation of lifestyles on stage.