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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Notes on the Texts
Letter to Jerzy Grotowski
The Man in Her Dream
Grotowski and the Reduta Tradition
Grotowski and Flaszen: Why a Theatre Laboratory?
My Second Meeting with Grotowski
The Empty Room: Studying Jerzy Grotowski’s Towards a Poor Theatre
Grotowski’s Double Vision
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
From the Film Il Teatr Laboratorium di Jerzy Grotowski:
Jerzy Grotowski interviewed by Marianne Ahrne
Notes on Contributors