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Witkacy. Logos and the Elements

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Edited By 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 Krzysztof Najbor An Actor of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane

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An Interview with Krzysztof Najbor, An Actor of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theater in Zakopane

Teresa Pękala: We’d like to title the book “Logos and the Elements”; this is about the elements in different contexts. We are talking in the theater named after Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. What was behind the decision to name the theater after Witkacy? Was it Witkacy’s creative output, his extraordinary personality, the interest that the future members of the group had in Witkacy earlier? The choice of the name can’t have been accidental.

Krzysztof Najbor: Of course it wasn’t. The group who founded Witkacy Theater met for the first time in the drama school. These were students gathered together by Andrzej Dziuk and Julia Wernio to form a secret drama club, which rehearsed at the school, organized their own meetings outside the course of ordinary school life, apart from their everyday schoolwork. We prepared the performance of Don Quixote and then we went on to prepare some one-act plays by S. Beckett. As a consequence of this work we decided to set up our own theater and this is where it gets mysterious. Why did this idea of Witkacy and Zakopane suddenly emerge? At that time we regularly had Witkacian “essential conversations”. The group was taking shape, someone joined, and someone left, both at work and in the discussions. And this cropped up; of course it came from Andrzej. But it wasn’t as if Andrzej said, “Listen,...

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