It’s a Theatre of the 50s, breaking classical genres such as drama or comedy.
Discusses the absurdity of humanity, due to the trauma of the Second World War.
It is inspired the Surrealists and Dadaists. Beckett and Ionesco are the precursors, they upset the conventions of their times inventing their own languages and characters reduced to a miserable existence meaningless.
The movement was probably influenced by eight closed Sartre (1944). it expresses the difficulty of communicating.
This kind of theater to clear its origins in Paris in the mid-avant-garde, and expresses a refusal to communicate, and storytelling. The climate is often apocalyptic. Will present a picture of the human condition.
The new theater is for intellectuals. This theater uses: rehearsals, pleonasms, syntactic problems, some rhymes, proverbs and several mistranslations abound.
Silence is an important element.
They are much more psychological than physical realities.
“Provide a new language, new ideas, new perspectives and new philosophient, enlivened, which transform in the near future modes of thought and feelings of the general public.” Esslin 1961
Samuel Beckett, is a writer, poet and playwright was born in Ireland in 1906, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. ‘Waiting for Godot’ and ‘Endgame’ are the two main parts. It is an eternal pessimist, is a true cynic. In 1929 he published his first book and the declaration of war he returned to France to join the resistance. Among the references Beckett include Dante and his book The Divine Comedy.
Many artists are inspired by his works.