Metamorphoses of Death, Memory and Presence- Translated by Anda MacBride
Edited By Katarzyna Fazan, Anna R. Burzynska and Marta Brys
Zbigniew Osiński – Tadeusz Kantor – Jerzy Grotowski: Two Concepts of Theatre and Art
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Tadeusz Kantor – Jerzy Grotowski: Two Concepts of Theatre and Art*
When, in March 1996, at the symposium The Contexts of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, at the Centre of Studies on Jerzy Grotowski’s Work and of the Cultural and Theatrical Research in Wrocław, I first spoke about Kantor and Grotowski: Two Theatres, Two Visions, the literature on this topic consisted of just a few anecdotes. It is peculiar that within both the Polish and foreign critical assessment of these artists no Kantor researcher had seen fit to take on board Grotowski’s work in depth, and vice versa,1 in spite of the fact that in the 1960s these two names tended to be linked as examples of outstanding avant-garde artists (frequently, Józef Szajna2 would have also been named as a third). It is only fair to mention that, during the symposium, Jan Kłossowicz gave a lecture on The ‘Poor Theatre’ and the ‘Sparse Theatre’.3
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