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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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Michal Kobialka – Epilogue. Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre of Personal Confessions: Notes on Late Style


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Epilogue. Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre of Personal Confessions: Notes on Late Style

Michal Kobialka

Department of Theatre Arts & Dance University of Minnesota

In March 1988, two and a half years before his death, while working on I Shall Never Return Tadeusz Kantor wrote:

Personal confession…

a rather awkward and inconvenient technique. (…)

There is something ultimate about it,

something that is manifested only when one is faced with

the E N D.1

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