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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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K. Miklaszewski, The Actor in Kantor’s Theatre: A Visionary’s Questions, a Practitioner’s Answers and a Contemporary Postscript

1. Portrait of an actor and Tadeusz Kantor (Innkeeper: Andrzej Wełmiński, I – Myself: Tadeusz Kantor) and the object The Bride-Coffin and the Bridegroom-Mannequin, from the production I Shall Never Return, Krzysztofory Gallery, Kraków, 1989. Photo K. Pollesch.

2. Portrait of an actor (Apache and his Lover: Roman Siwulak with the mannequin of The Water Hen) and the object Gallows/Privy from the production I Shall Never Return, Galeria Krzysztofory, Kraków, 1987. Photo K. Pollesch.

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