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Tadeusz Kantor Today

Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence- Translated by Anda MacBride


Edited By Katarzyna Fazan, Anna R. Burzynska and Marta Brys

This book is a compendium of texts by international authors which reflect on Tadeusz Kantor’s art in a broad range of contexts. The studies include works of prominent art historians, theatrologists and artists. The present revisiting of Kantor’s artistic œuvre reflects a contemporary historiographic approach. The authors place value on individual memory and consider contemporary art outside the traditional boundaries of particular artistic genres. The studies employ the latest strategies for researching theatrical performance as autonomous statements, without a literary anchor. Thanks to this approach, the eschatological and historical issues, crucial to the sphere of reference of Kantor’s Theatre of Death, have acquired a new presence – as art that liberates thinking in the here-and-now.


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Tadeusz Kantor – Yesterday and Today


Katarzyna Fazan Jagiellonian University (…) to create IN INFINITY something as FINITE as death a work of art.1 Time, space and death – these are the leitmotifs of Kantor’s art and reflection. Towards the end of his life, the artist wrote: Time / which is to blame / for hopeless repetition / saves us / from mortal boredom. / It’s time that makes / those repetitions / horribly ad infinitum – / come closer / shrink / to zero, and it’s only then, / in that vacuum / as if in another dimension, / that the proper forms appear / and actions… 2 A powerful, unique presence ‘here and now’, testing the appropriate form and sense of existence against the dynamics of time and space as well as their cohesion – all these became the characteristics of Kantor’s art spanning different traditions, places and times. Before the volume that we now place in your hands came into being as a record of the most recent contemporary interpretations of Kantor’s work, an exceptional, intimate encounter had taken place, filled with reminiscences about the artist, occasioned by another anniversary of his death. After more than twenty years had passed since Tadeusz Kantor’s death on 8 December 1990, regardless of any manifestation of memory, there also arose a definite need to revisit intellectually his opus and to define our stance towards it. We wanted to reveal a vista of memories as well as present new and original reflections. Such a re-interpretation of Kantor’s art made it imperative...

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