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Jerzy Grotowski

By James Slowiak, Jairo Cuesta

Routledge

182 pages

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Description

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.

Table of Contents

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)

      "Performer" (1988)

      Summary  

3. GROTOWSKI AS DIRECTOR

      Grotowski in rehearsal

      Grotowski and the actor

      Analysis of a key production: Akropolis

      Description of key scenes from Akropolis

      Paratheatre events

      Action: the final opus

      PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Preparations

The actor’s body

The actor’s presence: to see

Untaming

Precision

Coordination and rhythm

The actor’s voice: to listen

The actor’s score: to do

The actor’s partner: to meet

Afterword

About the Authors/Editor

James Slowiak is Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Akron, USA 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 from 1983–1989.

Jairo Cuesta is co-artistic director of New World Performance Laboratory. He collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski on Theatre of Sources and the Objective Drama Program from 1976–1986.

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:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
PER011040
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft