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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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Ruggero Bianchi Professor. Specialises in American Literature, the theatre and avant-garde performances, the author of works on the classical American theatre of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as experimental contemporary theatre. Published the Italian edition of the collected works of Hermann Melville and translated his major works. Anna R. Burzyńska Assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama at the Faculty of Polish at the Jagiellonian University. Her research interests encompass mainly the most recent European theatre as well as Polish and German drama from the 19th century to the present. An art critic. Since 2000, has co-edited Didaskalia the Theatre Journal, 2004–2010: a reviewer and journalist for Tygodnik Powszechny. The author of books Mechanika cudu: Strategie metateatralne w polskiej dramaturgii awangardowej (2005), The Classics and the Troublemakers. Theatre Directors from Poland (2008), Maska twarzy. Twórczość dramatyczna Stanisława Grochowiaka (2011) and Małe dramaty: Teatralność liryki Stanisława Grochowiaka (2012). Mateusz Chaberski Born in 1989. Fellow of the National Children’s Foundation, a student of the Interdepartmental Individual Humanities Studies at the Jagiellonian University, a member of the Collegium Invisibile. He devotes his academic research to cultural memory, site-specific performances and the theory and practice of drama translation. He has worked closely with Res Publika Nowa. Cécile Coutin Head curator in the Visual Arts section of the National Library of France. In charge of the special section, collecting unpublished material such as stage design projects, drawings and sketches of costumes. Earlier, for 18...

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