Wlodzimierz Staniewski's group Gardzienice Theatre has established an unparalleled reputation for a sensual and complex performance aesthetic. The work is inspired by the expressive traditions of indigenous culture and the musicality of the natural environment.
This is the first full-length articulation by Staniewski himself of this unique director's philosophy and rigorous practice. In this magnificent book and the remarkable cd-rom which accompanies it, Staniewski, with editor Alison Hodge, gives a fascinating insight into his company's principles and techniques. The cd-rom provides: *Extensive video footage of performances and rehearsals
*Essays by Staniewski, Hodge, and other contributors
*Photographs from the Gardzienice archives
*A full chronology of the company
This innovative publication is a landmark for the documentation and appreciation of contemporary performance. It will be an exciting addition to any theatre-lover's bookshelf.
'The short exercises ... beautifully close the filmed episodes ... This is an 'innovative publication', as the book's blurb states.' - SEER
'[A] richly evocative personal account ... How refreshing to encounter a major publication about theatre that is driven and organized ... by the open expression of Staniewski's passions ... Combining provocative text and rich audio-visual materials, this publication takes us as far as any publication could into Garzience's 'hidden territories' ... Hidden Territories offers a superb model for future publications [and includes] a CD-ROM so beautifully produced and with such high-quality graphics.' - Contemporary Theatre
'Routledge brought out two facsinating theatre books this year ... Staniewski's book is ... written in a delightfully idiosyncratic English [and] provides new lenses with which to measure and undertand.' - Katie Mitchell, The Guardian