Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence- Translated by Anda MacBride
Edited By Katarzyna Fazan, Anna R. Burzynska and Marta Brys
Jan Kłossowicz – The Anatomy Lesson: Kantor’s Plots
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The Anatomy Lesson: Kantor’s Plots
Let me start by pointing out that what I will be talking about contains broad general reflections stemming from the topic itself and, to a great extent, has a personal character.
The paper which I delivered at the 1995 symposium occasioned by the fifth anniversary of Tadeusz Kantor’s death started with my reminiscences of the conference Tadeusz Kantor. Artiste a la fin du XX-e siècle held at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Today I would like again to recall the climate of those days: it is 11 June 1989, the second day of the conference, with over twenty participants from a number of countries, including Peter Brook, Jan Kott, Denis Bablet, Bernard Dort, Pierre Restany, Franco Quadri... There are a few hundred people in the audience. The atmosphere is solemn and yet charged, as if during a storm. Kantor comments on every contribution; he takes endless questions from the auditorium; he throws off his jacket and keeps pacing around the table, gesticulating and snapping his braces, as he would during a rehearsal in the Krzysztofory Gallery. As always, he delivers his trademark one-man show, more exciting than the whole conference, actually… But the audience is waiting for something more: for an indispensable row. Yesterday, there was one. Now comes my turn. In the last part of the conference, concerned with the current and future influence of Kantor’s theatre on other artists,...
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