Grotowski's Empty Room: A Challenge to the Theatre

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Jerzy Grotowski (1933–99) was a Polish stage director, theatrical theorist, and founder and director of the small but influential Polish Laboratory Theatre. Most of Grotowski’s theater-making took place in this and similar small theaters and studio spaces, and as a result one of his central fascinations was the actor’s work within the context of an empty room. The essays in Grotowski's Empty Room analyze how Grotowski’s explorations in the theater continue to challenge ...

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Overview

Jerzy Grotowski (1933–99) was a Polish stage director, theatrical theorist, and founder and director of the small but influential Polish Laboratory Theatre. Most of Grotowski’s theater-making took place in this and similar small theaters and studio spaces, and as a result one of his central fascinations was the actor’s work within the context of an empty room. The essays in Grotowski's Empty Room analyze how Grotowski’s explorations in the theater continue to challenge dramatists and directors.

 

The contributors to this volume reflect with special insight on how theater scholars and practitioners can further Grotowski’s work and how his legacy will be developed in the theater. Among the contributors are Leszek Kolankiewicz and Zbigniew Osinski, his close collaborators; Marco de Marinis, Franco Ruffini, and Fernando Taviani, scholars who have followed Grotowski’s works from the 14 years he spent in Italy; and Swedish filmmaker and writer Marianne Ahrne and director Eugenio Barba, who reveal the strong impression Grotowski left on all those who met him and express the challenge of those who must now work in the empty rooms he has left behind.

 

 

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Theatre Review - Adam J. Ledger
"The 'empty room' of this illuminating book's title refers not only to the potential of the training, rehearsal and performance space, but also to the metaphorical space left since Jerzy Grotowski's death in 1999. . . .  Growtowski's Empty Room provides, in broadly chronological order, a set of texts available here in English for the first time. . . . Organised into three parts, the book examines the foundation of the Teatr Laboratorium, and offers assessments of Growtowski's work, and ulimately, his legacy. . . . This welcome and revealing volume shows us that Grotowski's 'empty room' remains full of very real challenges."
TDR: The Drama Review - Kermit Dunkelberg
"There is much to discover in Grotowski's Empty Room, either through research into the 'inner life' proceeding from the line of Art as vehicle, or through a return to the empty room as theatre laboratory. For practitioners wishing to pursue these paths, or for scholars seeking to understand them, these essays are indispensable."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906497231
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Seagull Books - Enactments Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Allain is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Since 2006, he has been leading the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded British Grotowski Project as well as developing research collaborations with the Moscow Art Theatre School.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Figures

Editorial Preface

Notes on the Texts

Editorial Note

 

PART I

 

Letter to Jerzy Grotowski

Eugenio Barba

 

The Man in Her Dream

Marianne Ahrne

 

PART II

 

Grotowski and the Reduta Tradition

Zbigniew Osinski

 

Grotowski and Flaszen: Why a Theatre Laboratory?

Leszek Kolankiewicz

 

My Second Meeting with Grotowski

Zdenek Horínek

 

PART III

 

The Empty Room: Studying Jerzy Grotowski’s Towards a Poor Theatre

Franco Ruffini

 

Grotowski’s Double Vision

Fernando Taviani

 

Grotowski and the Twentieth-Century Theatre’s Secret

 Marco De Marinis

 

The Theatrologist, the Spectator and the ‘Performing Arts’: Grotowski’s and the Workcenter’s Challenge

Marco De Marinis

 

Grotwoski, or the Border Ferryman

Marc Fumaroli

 

APPENDIX

 

From the Film Il Teatr Laboratorium di Jerzy Grotowski:

Jerzy Grotowski interviewed by Marianne Ahrne

 

Notes on Contributors

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