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Jerzy Grotowski

By James Slowiak, Jairo Cuesta

© 2007 – Routledge

208 pages

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Written by two theatre professionals who worked intimately with Grotowski over the last twenty-five years of his life, this book fills a gap in the published writings about this master director and teacher.

In this book, the writers demonstrate Grotowski’s significance and how his frank rhetoric, his revolutionary theories, his landmark productions, and pioneering cultural projects continue to cause controversy and provide fertile topics for discussion and further experimentation in theatre studios, classrooms, and on stages around the world.

The book introduces Grotowski to a new generation of theatre students, outlining his contributions to twentieth century performance and placing them in context and in perspective.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. Acknowledgements. 1. Biography and Context 2. Grotowski's Key Writings 3. Grotowski as Director 4. Practical Exercises. Afterword. Bibliography. Index

About the Authors

James Slowiak is Professor of Theatre at The University of Akron and co-artistic director of New World Performance Laboratory. He assisted Jerzy Grotowski in the Objective Drama Program at the University of California-Irvine and in Italy. He has directed numerous performances and conducts workshops throughout the world.

Jairo Cuesta is a Colombian actor/teacher and co-artistic director of New World Performance Laboratory. He collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski in Theatre of Sources and the Objective Drama Program from 1976-1986. He has taught at several distinguished universities and conducts workshops in "Performance Ecology" around the world.

About the Series

Routledge Performance Practitioners

Routledge Performance Practitioners is an innovative series of introductory handbooks on key figures in twentieth-century performance practice.
Each volume focuses on a theatre-maker who has transformed the way we understand theatre and performance. The books are carefully structured to enable the reader to gain a good grasp of the fundamental elements underpinning each practitioner's work. They provide an inspiring springboard for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:

  • personal biography
  • explanation of key writings
  • description of significant productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General