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Witkacy. Logos and the Elements


Teresa Pękala

This book focuses on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, philosopher and controversial artist. It expresses the opinions of philosophers, museologists and artists, for whom Stanisław Ignacy Witkacy’s 130th birthday anniversary became an opportunity to view his works from the perspective of postmodernity. The authors concentrate on Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz as eminent and prophetic philosopher concerned about Western culture with its waning metaphysical feelings, master of gesture and poses, anticipating the postmodern theatricalization of life.

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Interview with Dorota Ficoń An Actress of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane


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Interview with Dorota Ficoń, An Actress of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane

Dorota Ficoń: I really appreciate a direct contact with people. It is valued in our theater. Apart from staging plays we also started running drama workshops long time ago. They teach not only basic acting techniques but also how to work on your body and memory. I am not a lecturer at a drama school, I do not run a regular art school, either. Everything I can say to the others is derived from my own experience and Andrzej Dziuk’s theater. Many things have been written about self-presentation and imagination, however, you must find yourself in a certain situation to handle your body or stir your imagination. In the art of theater a comprehensive direct experience is the first fundamental principle. What I am talking about is connected with the Confucian rule: “I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand”. If I demonstrate something during a workshop, a participant will remember it. But they will understand it only when they experience it. Some things can be presented as theory, but they can be learned only through direct experience. The theater is this kind of a direct meeting, direct experience. Without it we do not know what we are talking about.

Teresa Pękala: It is just like with happiness. There are several treaties on happiness. But can we learn happiness from a treaty? It is...

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