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Mette alla prova la nozione di teatro come sintesi di disparate discipline creative; la teatroo, la scultura, la pittura, l’architettura, l’illuminazione, la recitazione. Traveling a conventional route in terms of training and experience, he drew from it the fullest benefit and advantage to be named to this position.
His mother was a school teacher. Both of reatro parents were descended from university professors, interested in science on the father’s side and the orient on frotowski mother’s. His ethnic origin is mixed: Its interesting that he had a maternal grandmother descended from the French court who emigrated to Germany, then to Austria, and finally to Poland before the death of Louis XVI. His maternal grandfather attended a seminary. Just before being ordained, he made a voyage to Rome, where he saw the Pope.
There he had a revelation which expressed to him that the church is not religion and he renounced his orders and married. Acknowledging that in his younger years he was influenced by his maternal relatives, Jerzy owes to his grandfather the conviction that what is sacred is not religion. Among the traits common to both sides were a strong national sentiment; resolutely progressive family traditions; the acceptance of responsibility; a readiness to fight for Poland, its independence, and its liberties; university affiliations; great affinities for science, literature, and music; few religious beliefs, despite religious practices and a distant cousin who is an Orthodox priest.
After the war his father moved to Paraquay and died there in He discovered a variety of folk rites and beliefs, and he was first exposed to the personality of an inspired prophet: He talked about the people he met in India, mainly about some unusual man.
He lived on the slopes of Arunachala, a holy mountain, or the Mountain of Flame.
He had a peculiar custom. When someone came to him to seek explanation about the essence or meaning of life, he would ask: When he was sixteen he became gravely ill, and in fact was given up by the doctors. For an entire year he was in the hospital, in the communal ward, surrounded by terminal patients.
Young Grotowski was transformed by this experience. A joyous person before–active, an ardent swimmer–afterward he began to study, to meditate, and to read a lot of books.
Madame Temkine tells us in Grotowski, “He teatfo to devote himself to art, but if he had to choose between beauty and truth, truth would be his choice. He refused to attend a course in religion, because he was a passionate communist and a member of the Association of Polish Youth. In a letter of recommendation, his high school teachers described him as “diligent, very talented, and a dedicated volunteer worker.
He puts a lot of effort into the students’ self-help system. He has considerable interests in the arts. He claimed his mother’s meager salary was not enough to support three people and he had contributed to the family income by receiving a scholarship while in high school.
Grotowski took povego examinations at the Theater School in September, The examination committee included a note about his diction: The applicants were asked to write on one of the following topics: How can theater contribute to the development of socialism in Poland?
How do you understand the actor’s task vrotowski the theater? Discuss one of the award-winning works at the Festival of Contemporary Polish Grotoski.
Towards a Poor Theatre by Jerzy Grotowski
Grotowski chose the first topic and received an “A” for his essay. On the basis of his written essay and his high school recommendation, he was accepted on probation with teatto average grade of “C,” but, he was denied any financial aid.
Franciszek Tokarza specialist in Indian philosophy. In Decemberduring the thirteenth meeting of the Arts Council in Warsaw, Grotowski urged authorities to be more supportive of the young generation of theater artists.
According to one report: Grotowski was concerned that the sickly atmosphere in theatres is beginning to infiltrate theatre schools.
Moral cynicism, careerism, and the pursuit of material values are the most dangerous symptoms of demoralization. But he is no pessimist. He sees evil, and he wants to do something about it.
Young theater artists, Grotowski said, want romantic and heroic ideals. Those who are better and wiser are still in the majority. But that’s where the bitterness creeps in.
Towards a Poor Theatre
Young actors are left largely to themselves. Rarely do they meet with understanding from directors or older actors, and the authorities, including the Ministry of Culture, couldn’t care less. Grotowski called for a congress of young theatre artists, which would allow them to solve many difficult and complex problems.
We must pay tribute to tradition with actions, not words. We must cultivate the seeds of the past, which may flourish into new values on modern soil. We wish to influence man and the world with our art. We’ve got the courage to fight openly and fervently the most important issues, because only such issues are worth fighting for. The responses to Grotowski’s article served to focus his artistic vision.
Critic and playwright Jan Gawlik wrote: But there’s also something that commands attention. It’s not enough to have a firm ideology, it’s not enough to be a member of the Polish Youth Union, it’s not enough to be a volunteer worker in order to be an artist.
You must have your own, unique artistic program. You’ve got to know what you want to accomplish as an artist. Let’s assume that Grotowski is really on fire. Unfortunately, nobody really knows what’s burning there. Pray, Grotowski, why didn’t you give us some specific examples?
You signed yourself a theatre student but there’s not even a small mention, for example, of what you’re trying to accomplish in the theatre.
Grotowski, you want to knock something over or go somewhere, you shake your fists at someone, but pray, tell us what, where, who. Grotowski’s response to his critics is his article, “Dream of the Theater,” which appeared in Dziennik Polski on February 23, Here, his version of a theater of grand emotions was developed: A performance may be well acted and directed, yet the audience feels there’s something missing.
We must, then, thoroughly revise the very idea, style, and artistic impact of the theatre. To us, the strength of the theatre lies in action, in the enactment of life in front of us.
Therefore we need means especially suitable for producing an emotional effect. I’m talking about the poetic structure of a theatre work not in isolation from, but in close connection with, the dramatic text.
The theatre of grand emotions. He chose Hamlet to illustrate his concept of “the theatre of grand emotions,” which demands “courage, persistence, and hard work”: A production of Hamlet is especially suitable to emphasize, for example, “an obsessive drive to revenge leading to self-destruction. Hamlet’s philosophical deliberations would be then reduced to mere complaints of a powerless thinker. In the theatre of grand emotions, we can use Hamlet to evoke in the audience a cult of heroic and human greatness.
But we can juxtapose this corruption with the young man’s heroic struggle against fraud and inhumanity, challenging the sacred laws of the monarchy, family, and tradition. Hamlet sacrifices everything for his struggle, including his own life. If we communicate this in our production, then we have accomplished our goal, and the desired grand emotions will be evoked in the spectators’ hearts. When we compose the scenic action from the point of view of grand emotions, we must abandon all real life details in Hamlet whenever they aren’t absolutely necesssary to evoke the emotions or to clarify the action.
Natural acting and conscious structuring of the action don’t exclude one another, but are a measure of the actor’s art. The poetry of action in its emotional impact should be reinforced by music, light and color, evocative rhythm, and synthetic spatial architecture, helpful for the actor’s movement.
Each of these elements should be realized not naturally, “if it will seem to be in the reality of time,” but on a way which will reinforce the emotional impact of the action.
The contract he received guaranteed him employment in the theater from October 1, until September 30,but his appointment was delayed when he received a scholarship to study directing at the State Institute of Theater Arts G. Grotowski was enrolled in the G.
S directing program from August 23,until June 15, He was Zavadsky’s assistant in the production of Zialpotov by L. Zotin, which opened on April 27, at the Mossoviet Theater. His professors left him free to accomplish his routine apprenticeship.
The old man looked at Grotowski, took his glasses off, recognized him and opened his arms to him. At that time he was especially interested in Stanislavsky. As he says, Osinski writes, he already knew “the method of physical actions. To him, the Stanislavsky method was a serious matter and he wanted to know it thoroughly. He went to Moscow to study the method at its source.
But his stay brought more than he’d hoped for. He studied his legacy, especially the documentation of Meyerhold’s production of The Inspector General, and he left Moscow fascinated by what he’d found. Madame Temkin tells us, “It is through Meyerhold that Grotowski understood that staging a play is but an answer to the play; not a submission but a reaction–this is the meaning of creation.
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The apprentice learned from him full awareness of an actor’s craft. He was taken by the scientific turn of his theories. He became a fanatic follower or Stanislavsky.