Apollonian and Dionysian

Terms introduced by Nietzsche to identify two opposing principles governing the origin of tragedy and artistic creation. In order for one to exist the other has to be present. Apollonian depicts the formal, linear aspect of art, which tends to be controlled by reason and avoids excess emotion. Dionysian, which expresses the uncontrolled, primitive forces in humankind, generally has little apparent structured form. Examples of Apollonian style are Brechtian theatre or Balanchine ballets; Dionysian style theatre can be seen in productions such as Brook's Marat/Sade and plays associated with Theatre of Cruelty.

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