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Tadeusz Kantor Today

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


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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Loriano Della Rocca – Tadeusz Kantor, Krakow, 8th December 1990 – 8th December 2010


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Tadeusz Kantor, Krakow, 8th December 1990 – 8th December 2010

Loriano Della Rocca

Leaping back twenty years in time, it is hard for me to put together the words to justify picking up the thread of a story (a thread never lost in my mind) that takes me back to Krakow, Poland, to my long experience with Cricot 2 and the day Tadeusz Kantor left us, 8th December 1990. It isn’t for lack of things to say, mind you, quite the contrary: in fact, much of it is still so clear in my mind that I run the risk of losing myself in a whirl of memories. My problem, now, is the fear that I will be unable to master the wealth of past memories and pick out a logical selection of meaningful recollections to share during this celebration. So I will try to proceed to deliver a clear and concise tribute, focusing on Tadeusz Kantor as an artist and on what I have gained from this long experience, without giving way to banal personal anecdotes from that intense time.

I must admit that I find myself in the grasp of a profound conviction that explains my hesitation in writing: to have spent a great deal of time with Tadeusz, sharing moments of grace but also of weariness, periods of stagnation and, at times, even tedium; to have experienced the amalgam of humanity and driving force of genius and intemperance that emanated...

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