Acting after Grotowski: Theatre’s Carnal Prayer, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Acting after Grotowski

Theatre’s Carnal Prayer, 1st Edition

By Kris Salata


160 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367183240
pub: 2020-03-31
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For whom does the actor perform? Addressing this question, Acting after Grotowski focuses on an actor’s work as a self-revelatory deed. Introducing Grotowski’s concept of "carnal prayer," Kris Salata develops an interdisciplinary theory of acting and spectating, while lending thoughts to theatre as a liturgical performance.

The book attempts to overcome the religious/secular binary by treating prayer as a pre-religious originary deed, and ultimately situates theatre along with ritual in their own territory of play.

Founded in theatre practice, Salata’s narrative moves through postmodern philosophy, critical theory, theatre, performance, ritual, and religious studies, concluding that the fundamental structure of prayer, which underpins the actor’s deed, can be found in any self-revelatory creative act.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. 1.Grotowski's Carnal Prayer 2. Two Prayers 3. The Rhizome of Working Points 4. For Whom Should I Perform? 5. On Prayer 6. The Event of Prayer. Epilogue.

About the Author

Kris Salata is Associate Professor at the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts in Florida State University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology
RELIGION / General