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Jerzy Grotowski and Ludwik Flaszen
Five Encounters with the Sages

ISBN 9780367644406
Published August 27, 2021 by Routledge
178 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The book contains three accounts of five public speeches and conversations with the public of two outstanding figures of theatre and performance, Jerzy Grotowski and Ludwik Flaszen, from 1993 to 1997.

Their speeches concern their output and their current research. The content of Ludwik Flaszen's speech is very closely related to the output of Jerzy Grotowski. The accounts are written on the base of the author's detailed notes. The main subject of these narratives is their author, who quotes the speaking characters in the third person. In this way, all texts acquire a subjective character, akin to an essay, while remaining faithful to the overall message and content of the speeches and conversations cited in them. Juliusz Tyszka also uses this form of narration to describe the interpersonal context of Flaszen’s and Grotowski’s talks, including the content and tone of the questions asked, the reactions of listeners, etc. There is also room for short, concise characteristics of these two outstanding people and their interlocutors (who are themselves sometimes also notorious).

This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of theatre and performance studies and professionals in experimental theatre and performance.

Table of Contents


List of Figures



CHAPTER 1: February 1993, Grotowski in New York City: Expectations, Hopes ans Stereotypes

CHAPTER 2: June 1995, Ludwik Flaszen Again in Wrocław

CHAPTER 3: May 1996, Jerzy Grotowski in Copenhagen: Three Encounters with the Sage

CHAPTER 4 : March 1997, Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Wrocław Polish Theatre: Seven Hours of Informing, Clarifying, Elucidating, Specifying and Explaining Themselves. The Sage and His Successor Confront the Polish Audience: Richards for the first Time, Grotowski for the Last Time

CHAPTER 5: June 1976: ‘Night Vigil’

CHAPTER 6: February 1997: ‘Action’



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Juliusz Tyszka is a researcher at the Institute of Cultural Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University at Poznań, Poland.