However, it gets more interesting when you stumble across the likes of Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, novelist Jean Genet
, and Ruben Figueroa, whose organisation aims to reunite missing migrants with their families.
A UK premiere for Artes Mundi 8, Twenty-Two Hours (2018), follows two young African-American women investigating how, in the 1970s, celebrated French writer Jean Genet
was called to action by the Black Panther Party and travelled secretly to the US to support their struggle for racial equality.
Violette seeks freedom through her writings, which she shows to Simone and who introduces her to contemporary intellectual icons Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet
and Albert Camus.
To get the most out of it requires a working knowledge of the life and works of French playwright Jean Genet
, a smattering of Greek mythology and a willingness to suspend disbelief while a theatrical Russian doll is opened on stage.
Literary figures discussed include Henri Michaux, Jean Cocteau, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet
, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Andr<AEe> Gide, and Anotnin Artaud.
La pratique theatrale et la mort entretiennent dans l'univers esthetique de Jean Genet
des relations tres etroites.
The bulk of the book is a detailed and illuminating history of most of the major figures of 20th century philosophy and culture, including Edmund Husserl (father of phenomenology) and Martin Heidegger, proteges like Jean Genet
, and the central figures of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus.
Sometimes I think that because of the lengths they've gone to, these must be essentially good, kindly, but simply deluded individuals But other times I just feel reminded of that line of French writer Jean Genet
: "I really like animals.
CREDITS: A Jamie Lloyd Company production of a play in one act by Jean Genet
, translated by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton.