One of the original members of Jerzy Grotowski’s acting company, Zygmunt Molik’s Voice and Body Work explores the unique development of voice and body exercises throughout his career in actor training.
This book, constructed from conversations between Molik and author Giuliano Campo, provides a fascinating insight into the methodology of this practitioner and teacher, and focuses on his ‘Body Alphabet’ system for actors, allowing them to combine both voice and body in their preparatory process.
The book is accompanied by a DVD containing the films Dyrygent (2006), which illustrates Molik’s working methods, Acting Therapy (1976), exploring his role in the Theatre of Participation, and Zygmunt Molik's Body Alphabet (2009). It also includes an extensive photo gallery documenting Zygmunt Molik’s life and work.
Table of Contents
Acting therapy – The Voice and The Life – The beginnings
Techniques – "Sing your life" - Teachers and masters – Grotowski and the company
Paratheatre – The Organic Life and the Process – Ryszard Cieślak
The meeting with the unknown - Montage
The "Body Alphabet"
IMAGES OF THE "BODY ALPHABET"
The text – Organic and cultural differences – Voice as a vehicle
The attention – Necessity, organic process, nostalgia
The productions – Meeting Grotowski – The Teatr Laboratorium
Colleagues and collaborators
APPENDIX. GROTOWSKI THEATRE AND BEYOND
From Stanislavski to Grotowski – The Theatre of Productions (1959-1969) – Paratheatre (1970-1978), Theatre of Sources (1979-1982) and after
Zygmunt Molik was a co-founder, leading actor and for 25 years a member of Jerzy Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium. He played the main role in forming the voice training initiated by Jerzy Grotowski. His Voice and Body training sessions focus on the release of creative energy, and the search for the unity and connection between the body and the voice as the basis of an actor’s process.
Giuliano Campo is actor, writer and director. He is former research associate for the British Grotowski Project based at the University of Kent, UK, a member of the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) and of the Leverhulme International Research Network collaborating with the school of the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT).