Page 2 Twentieth Century Actor Training Actor training is arguably
... are explored through directors from both sides of the Atlantic: Joseph Chaikin,
Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Eugenio Barba and Wlodzimierz Staniewski.
Whilst much has been written about these figures individually, this book considers
the breadth and lineage of actor training’s development since Sta ...
1 RETURN TO TRADITION: THE SYMBOLIST
... RETURN TO ANCIENT TRAGEDY ON SACRED SITES
The mandate calling for a return to the sources of ancient tragedy led fin-de-siecle
artists to envisage performances enacted on sacred sites. Following Nietzsche‟s speculations
about the relations of audience to spectacle in The Birth of Tragedy, symbolist ...
... - In 1962 he visited China and became
interested in ancient art of opera.
- He went to teach drama as an actor in
Poland at the same theatre school as he
attended in 1960.
- In 1967 he produced ‘the constant prince’
which was said to be the most successful of
his work in the 20th century.
- Jerzy’s ...
Jerzy Marian Grotowski (Polish pronunciation: ['jɛʐɨ grɔ'tɔfskʲi]; 11 August 1933 – 14 January 1999) was a Polish innovative theatre director and theorist whose approaches to acting, training and theatrical production have significantly influenced theatre today. He was born in Rzeszów, in South-eastern Poland in 1933 and studied acting and directing at the State Theatre School in Kraków and in Moscow. He debuted as a director in 1959 in Kraków with Eugène Ionesco's play Chairs and shortly afterwards founded a small Laboratory Theatre in 1959 in the town of Opole in Poland. During the 1960s, the company began to tour internationally and his work attracted increasing interest. As his work gained wider acclaim and recognition, Grotowski was invited to work in the United States and he left Poland in 1982. Although the company he founded in Poland closed a few years later in 1984, he continued to teach and direct productions in Europe and America. However, Grotowski became increasingly uncomfortable with the adoption and adaptation of his ideas and practices, particularly in the US. So, at what seemed to be the height of his public profile, he left America and moved to Italy where he established the Grotowski Workcenter in 1985 in Pontedera, near Pisa. At this centre he continued his theatre experimentation and practice and it was here that he continued to direct training and private theatrical events almost in secret for the last twenty years of his life. Suffering from leukemia and a heart condition, he died in 1999 at his home in Pontedera.