Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence- Translated by Anda MacBride
Edited By Katarzyna Fazan, Anna R. Burzynska and Marta Brys
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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