Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Contemporary Grotowski workshops

24th to 27th of May 2010

In the mornings Przemek Wasilkowski and Magdalena Tuka leads an actors physical “artistic” training using methods pioneered by Grotowski where energetic movement scripts are employed in awakening awareness and the release of inner action.

In the afternoons, building on the mornings training and exploring Grotowski’s “actions” builds performance scenarios working with text from "Attempts on Her Life" by martin Crimp.

“(…) Don’t mistake it for simple muscle training. It’s actors training. One's body should be ready to hold on in the most dynamic energetic moments of a role.

The actor’s job is hard physical work. Acting is also a profession; so one has to train ones instrument with diligence, as a pianist does. One has to train so that the body is complicit during the creative process, and dose not disturb or seek escape from doing.”

An actor can’t work without intuition; but to avoid becoming lost in the foggy intuitive world, one has to begin with the senses, which means with the body.

We need to use our mind as well in order to understand this 'Other Creature' we try to be on the stage. To be it, not to act it.

(Przemek: “States of Shock”)

Jerzy Grotowski (Routledge Performance Practitioners) - James Slowiak Jairo Cuesta

Written by two theatre professionals who worked intimately with Grotowski over the last twenty-five years of his life, this book fills a gap in the published writings about this master director and teacher.

In this book, the writers demonstrate Grotowski’s significance and how his frank rhetoric, his revolutionary theories, his landmark productions, and pioneering cultural projects continue to cause controversy and provide fertile topics for discussion and further experimentation in theatre studios, classrooms, and on stages around the world.

The book introduces Grotowski to a new generation of theatre students, outlining his contributions to twentieth century performance and placing them in context and in perspective.