theatre and its double

Home for the Holidays

Hi @usukdorkfanfics,  I’m your secret santa !! admittedly, i was already kinda nervous to write something for you because I really like your fics! I was also a little worried with just the prompt of “human au”, but I ended up running away with it and got lost lmao ouo;; I hope your Christmas celebrations are going well and you enjoy! C: Merry Christmas!!

Title: Home for the Holidays

Summary: Alfred waits tables and sings on the sidewalks of New York City in his struggle to survive in the heart of such an active town. When he meets Arthur, a well-off lawyer with a bad taste in coffee and a love for restaurant pies, he doesn’t expect to have his most challenging Christmas wish granted, and the potential of something more.

Rating: G

Warnings: None


busk - verb

1. play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street or in subways.

“the boy made extra money by busking on the streets of New York”

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Favorite composers? Favorite pieces? Favorite classical musicians? Favorite opera singers? Favorite books? Favorite authors? Favorite movies? Favorite actors? Favorite icons (fashion, film, etc etc)? i love your blog!

Composers: W. A. Mozart, J. S. Bach, L.v. Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jean Sibelius, Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith, G.P. Telemann, G.F. Handel, Arnold Schönberg, Fanny Mendelssohn, Alexander Borodin, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Germaine Tailleferre,Dietrich Buxtehude, Louise Farrenc, William Byrd, Henrich Biber, Johannes Ockeghem, Gilles Binchois, Domenico Scarlatti, Claudio Monteverdi, Guillaume de Machaut, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Nicola Matteis, Jean-Marie Leclair, Anton Rubinstein, Lili Boulanger, Galina Ustvolskaya, Sergey Taneyev, Vasily Kalinnikov.

Pieces/Works: Strauss’s Metamorphosen, Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler/Kammermusik, Sibelius’s Symphony No.4 & 5/ Violin Concerto in D minor/ The Swan of Tuonela/ Kullervo, Beethoven’s Eroica, 4th & 7th symphonies/Piano Sonata Nos. 12, 19, 24, 31 (1st & 3rd mov.)/ Egmont, Coriolan & Leonore Overtures/ Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin & Cello, Mozart’s Piano Concertos (No. 9, 15, 20, 24)/Symphonies 36, 39, 41/Requiem/Da Ponte Operas/ Adagio and Fugue in C minor, Dvořák’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra/ Serenade in E major, Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues (No. 2, 12, 16, 24.)/ Piano Quintet/Symphony 7 & 8/String Quartets 8, 10 & 15, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, Mendelssohn’s String Quartets (No. 2, 4, 6)/Piano Quartet No.3/ Cello Sonata No. 2/ Violin Concerto, Ravel’s Piano Concerto/Daphnis et Chloé/Gaspard de la Nuit, Haydn’s London Symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6/Violin Concerto in D/Suite No.3/ Souvenir de Florence/Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Scriabin’s Etudes (No. 1, 5, 8, 10), Chopin’s Ballades (1 & 4)/Preludes, Goyescas, Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead/Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom/The Bells, Schönberg’s Verklarte Nacht/ Pélleas und Melisande, Fauré’s Élégie for cello and orchestra Op. 24/Trois mélodies, Op.7, Debussy’s Images I & II/Estampes, Berg’s String Quartet, Dora Pejačević’s Cello Sonata in E minor, Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel.

Musicians: Glenn Gould, Artur Schnabel, Gregor Piatigorsky, Edwin Fischer, Mstislav Rostropovich, Clara Haskil, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Sviatoslav Richter, Alfred Cortot, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Martha Argerich, Maria Yudina, Ignaz Friedman, Leonid Kogan, Wilhelm Backhaus, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Dinu Lipatti, Emil Gilels, Wilhelm Kempff, Paul Tortelier, Pau Casals, Bronislaw Huberman, Heinrich Neuhaus, Mischa Elman, Daniil Shafran, Sergio Fiorentino, Alicia de Larrocha, Wanda Landowska, Leonid Kogan, Henryk Szeryng, Vladimir Sofronitsky, Nathan Milstein, Annie Fischer, Zino Francescatti, Michael Rabin, Joseph Hassid, Claudio Arrau, Georges Cziffra, Aurèle Nicolet, Alain Marion.

Films: All of Tarkovsky (specially Mirror, Stalker and Nostalghia) and Mizoguchi (specially Sansho the Bailiff, Osaka Elegy and The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums), La Notte di Cabiria, Sans Soleil, The Red Shoes, The Third Man, 8 ½, Late Spring, Floating Weeds, Autumn Sonata, Winter Light, The Virgin Spring, Cries and Whispers, Au Hasard Balthazar, Les Cousins, Le Feu Follet, Yi yi, A Time to Live/A Time to Die, Hiroshima mon Amour, Last Year in Marienbad, Statues also Die, Night and Fog, Diary of a Country Priest, Ordet, Werckmeister Harmonies, Broken Blossoms, Way Down East (Griffith), Ascenceur pour L’Echafaud, The Promised Land, Opening Night, Testament of Orpheus, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Rebecca, La Notte, Jules et Jim, Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, Journal d'un curé de campagne, Ikiru, The Trial, F for Fake, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Vivre sa Vie, Apur Sansar, In the Mood for Love, Taste of Cherry, Through the Olive Trees, A Star is Born, Viridiana, To be or not to be, Morocco, Laura, The Big Sleep, Floating Clouds, Pandora’s Box, The Color of Pomegranates, Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors, Sunrise, Russian Ark.

Singers: Cesare Siepi, Gottlob Frick, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Josef Greindl, Leontyne Price, Lucia Popp, Christa Ludwig, Franco Corelli, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Boris Christoff, Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Moll, Jussi Björling, Alfredo Kraus, Nicolai Gedda, Giacomo Aragall, Aureliano Pertile, Gundula Janowitz, Jessye Norman, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Birgit Nilsson, Maureen Forrester, Ludwig Suthaus, Ettore Bastianini, Edda Moser, Maria Callas, Lauritz Melchior, Alexander Kipnis, Wolfgang Windgassen, Feodor Chaliapin, Birgit Nilsson, Kirsten Flagstad, Brigitte Fassbaender, Renata Tebaldi, Ezio Pinza.

Actors: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Chishū Ryū, Jeanne Moreau, Lillian Gish, Liv Ullmann, Giulietta Masina, Anton Walbrook, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Toshiro Mifune, Gena Rowlands, Anna Magnani, Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Hideko Takamine, Gunnar Björnstrand, Maurice Ronet, Joseph Cotten, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Périer, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Gene Tierney, Oleg Yankovsky, Erland Josephson, Greta Garbo, Vittorio Gassman, Marcello Mastroianni, Dana Andrews, Michel Piccoli, Soumitra Chatterjee, Claude Rains, Tony Leung, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal, María Casares, Delphine Seyrig, Hanna Schygulla.

Authors: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Natsume Soseki, Nikolai Gogol, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Anna Akhmatova, Alexander Blok, Alexander Kuprin, José Saramago, Virginia Woolf, André Gide, Fernando Pessoa, Hermann Hesse, Edgar Allan Poe, Christopher Okigbo, Anna Akhmatova,  Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Yulia Zhadovskaya, Marcel Proust, Honoré de Balzac, George Elliot, William Faulkner, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Mikhail Lermontov, Ivan Bunin, Nikolay Nekrasov, Samuel Beckett, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Theodor Fontane, Hafiz, Federico Garcia Lorca, Rafael Alberti, José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Goethe, Antonin Artaud, Julio Ramón Riberyro, Alejandra Pizarnik, Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Cesare Pavese, Giacomo Leopardi, Marina Tsvetaeva, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Osip Mandelstam .

Literature: All of Dostoyevsky’s work, Kusamakura, The Book of the Disquiet, The Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks, A Hero of Our Time, The Government Inspector, The Overcoat, Dead Souls, Eugene Onegin, Kolyma Tales, Aranyak, Lost Illusions, Doktor Faustus, The Castle, A Hunger Artist, A Room of One’s Own, Hell Screen, A Fool’s Life, Yama: The Pit, We, The Glass Bead Game, Narcissus and Goldmund, Middlemarch, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, Conversations with Goethe, Montaigne’s Essays, Illuminations, Le Spleen de Paris, In Search of Lost Time, I Am Cat, Molloy, The Waves, As I Lay Dying, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Auto da Fe, The Other World, Labyrinths, Rosary, Memories of the Future, The Counterfeiters, The Theatre and Its Double, Tristam Shandy.

This is, of course, a very vague (and also overwhelming, forgive me) listing of favorites. There are so many I could not possibly name them all, for an entire universe pours out unrelentingly. But I did what I could…thanks a lot for asking.

Antonin Artaud from The Theatre and Its Double 

All true feeling is in reality untranslatable. To express it is to betray it. But to translate it is to dissimulate it. True expression hides what it makes manifest. It sets the mind in opposition to the real void of nature by creating in reaction a kind of fullness in thought. Or, in other terms, in relation to the manifestation-illusion of nature it creates a void in thought. 

All powerful feeling produces in us the idea of the void. And the lucid language which obstructs the appearance of this void also obstructs the appearance of poetry in thought. That is why an image, an allegory, a figure that masks what it would reveal have more significance for the spirit than the lucidities of speech and its analytics.

This is why true beauty never strikes us directly. The setting sun is beautiful because of all it makes us lose.

Any true feeling cannot in reality be expressed. To do so is to betray it. To express it, however is to conceal it. True expression conceals what it exhibits. … For this reason an image, an allegory, a form disguising what it means to reveal, has more meaning to the mind than the enlightenment brought about by words or their analysis.
—  from The Theatre and its Double by Antonin Artaud