Master director, teacher, and theorist, Jerzy Grotowski’s work extended well beyond the conventional limits of performance. Now revised and reissued, this book combines:
● an overview of Grotowski’s life and the distinct phases of his work
● an analysis of his key ideas
● a consideration of his role as director of the renowned Polish Laboratory Theatre
● a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to the principles underlying Grotowski’s working methods.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.
1. BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
Grotowski’s formative years
Theatre of Productions (1959–69)
Theatre of Participation/Paratheatre (1969–78)
Theatre of Sources (1976–82)
Objective Drama (1983–6)
Ritual Arts or Art as Vehicle (1986–99)
2. GROTOWSKI’S KEY WRITINGS
"Towards a PoorTheatre" (1965)
"Skara Speech" (1966)
"Holiday" [Swieto] "The day that is holy" (1970, 1971, 1972)
"Theatre of Sources" (1997) 73 "Tu es le fils de quelqu’un (You are someone’s son)" (1989)
3. GROTOWSKI AS DIRECTOR
Grotowski in rehearsal
Grotowski and the actor
Analysis of a key production: Akropolis
Description of key scenes from Akropolis
Action: the final opus
The actor’s body
The actor’s presence: to see
Coordination and rhythm
The actor’s voice: to listen
The actor’s score: to do
The actor’s partner: to meet
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:
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.