Jerzy Grotowski s Journeys to the East

Jerzy Grotowski s Journeys to the East

Painstakingly researched by Grotowski's main biographer Zbigniew Osiński, this book is necessary reading for those interested in Grotowski's deep relationship with the East and in the inspiration he drew from its various cultures.

Author: Zgbiniew Osinski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1138779903

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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Jerzy Grotowski's Journeys to the East is an unusual collection of facts, quotations, and commentaries documenting the real and metaphorical journeys of the Polish theatre director and 'teacher of performers' into a geographical and cultural dimension which we used to and still call the Orient. Grotowski's contacts and meetings with the East are placed here in the context of his biography. Painstakingly researched by Grotowski's main biographer Zbigniew Osiski, this book is necessary reading for those interested in Grotowski's deep relationship with the East and in the inspiration he drew from its various cultures. The book will appeal to all readers who feel a need to have a glimpse of the East from the perspective of one of the main theatre reformers in the twentieth century.
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Stanislavsky and Yoga

Stanislavsky and Yoga

to him158 – is the subject of separate research.159 Nevertheless, how the secular reorientation ('change of the current') ... Jerzy Grotowski's Journeys to the East (Holstebro, Malta, Wrocław, London and New York: Icarus and Routledge, ...

Author: Sergei Tcherkasski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317228257

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 126

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This book deals with one of the most important sources of the Stanislavsky System - Yoga, its practice and philosophy. Sergei Tcherkasski carefully collects records on Yoga in Stanislavsky's writings from different periods and discusses hidden references which are not explained by Stanislavsky himself due to the censorship in his day. Vivid examples of Yoga based training from the rehearsal practice of the Moscow Art Theatre and many of Stanislavsky's studios (the First Studio in 1910s, the Second Studio and Opera Studio of the Bolshoi Theatre in 1920s, Opera-Dramatic Studio in 1930s) are provided. The focus of Tcherkasski's research consists of a comparative reading of the Stanislavsky System and Yogi Ramacharaka's books, which were a main source for Stanislavsky. Accordingly, Tcherkasski analyzes elements of the System based on Yoga principles. Among them are: relaxation of muscles (muscular release), communication and prana, emission of rays and reception of rays, beaming of aura, sending of prana, attention, visualizations (mental images). Special attention is paid to the idea of the superconscious in Yoga, and in Ramacharaka's and Stanislavsky's theories. Tcherkasski's wide-ranging analysis has resulted in new and intriguing discoveries about the Russian master. Furthermore, he reveals the extent to which Stanislavsky anticipated modern discoveries in neurobiology and cognitive science. In this book Tcherkasski acts as a researcher, historian, theatre director, and experienced acting teacher. He argues that some forty per cent of basic exercises in any Stanislavsky based actor training program of today are rooted in Yoga. Actors, teachers, and students will find it interesting to discover that they are following in the footsteps of Yoga in their everyday Stanislavsky based training and rehearsals.
Categories: Health & Fitness

The Use of Asian Theatre for Modern Western Theatre

The Use of Asian Theatre for Modern Western Theatre

The Japan Times, April 28, 6. ———. 1907b. Mr. Yeats and the No. The Japan Times, November 3, 6. O'Casey, Sean. 1949. Inishfallen Fare Thee Well. ... Jerzy Grotowski's Journeys to the East. Translated by Andrzej Wojtasik and Kris Salata.

Author: Min Tian

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319971780

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 313

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This book is a historical study of the use of Asian theatre for modern Western theatre as practiced by its founding fathers, including Aurélien Lugné-Poe, Adolphe Appia, Gordon Craig, W. B. Yeats, Jacques Copeau, Charles Dullin, Antonin Artaud, V. E. Meyerhold, Sergei Eisenstein, and Bertolt Brecht. It investigates the theories and practices of these leading figures in their transnational and cross-cultural relationship with Asian theatrical traditions and their interpretations and appropriations of the Asian traditions in their reactional struggles against the dominance of commercialism and naturalism. From the historical and aesthetic perspectives of traditional Asian theatres, it approaches this intercultural phenomenon as a (Euro)centred process of displacement of the aesthetically and culturally differentiated Asian theatrical traditions and of their historical differences and identities. Looking into the displaced and distorted mirror of Asian theatre, the founding fathers of modern Western theatre saw, in their imagination of the 'ghostly' Other, nothing but a (self-)reflection or, more precisely, a (self-)projection and emplacement, of their competing ideas and theories preconceived for the construction, and the future development, of modern Western theatre.
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Shakespeare s Asian Journeys

Shakespeare   s Asian Journeys

The English term “orient” means not only “the East” but also “to orientate” whose meaning is “to determine how one stands in relation to one's surroundings.” Jerzy Grotowski makes a relevant remark: “... in Occidental culture we are ...

Author: Bi-qi Beatrice Lei

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315442945

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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This volume gives Asia’s Shakespeares the critical, theoretical, and political space they demand, offering rich, alternative ways of thinking about Asia, Shakespeare, and Asian Shakespeare based on Asian experiences and histories. Challenging and supplementing the dominant critical and theoretical structures that determine Shakespeare studies today, close analysis of Shakespeare’s Asian journeys, critical encounters, cultural geographies, and the political complexions of these negotiations reveal perspectives different to the European. Exploring what Shakespeare has done to Asia along with what Asia has done with Shakespeare, this book demonstrates how Shakespeare helps articulate Asianess, unfolding Asia’s past, reflecting Asia’s present, and projecting Asia’s future. This is achieved by forgoing the myth of the Bard’s universality, bypassing the authenticity test, avoiding merely descriptive or even ethnographic accounts, and using caution when applying Western theoretical frameworks. Many of the productions studied in this volume are brought to critical attention for the first time, offering new methodologies and approaches across disciplines including history, philosophy, sociology, geopolitics, religion, postcolonial studies, psychology, translation theory, film studies, and others. The volume explores a range of examples, from exquisite productions infused with ancient aesthetic traditions to popular teen manga and television drama, from state-dictated appropriations to radical political commentaries in areas including Japan, India, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, China, and the Philippines. This book goes beyond a showcasing of Asian adaptations in various languages, styles, and theatre traditions, and beyond introductory essays intended to help an unknowing audience appreciate Asian performances, developing a more inflected interpretative dialogue with other areas of Shakespeare studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Jerzy Grotowski

Jerzy Grotowski

——(1993) In the ShadowoftheFlame: Three Journeys, New York:Continuum. ——(1993) IntheShadow of the Flame: Three Journeys, New York: Continuum. Cuesta, Jairo (2000) “On His Way,” in Slavic and East European Performance, 20,2, Summer: 26–7 ...

Author: James Slowiak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134513697

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Written by two theatre professionals who worked intimately with Grotowski over the last twenty-five years of his life, this book fills a gap in the published writings about this master director and teacher. In this book, the writers demonstrate Grotowski’s significance and how his frank rhetoric, his revolutionary theories, his landmark productions, and pioneering cultural projects continue to cause controversy and provide fertile topics for discussion and further experimentation in theatre studios, classrooms, and on stages around the world. The book introduces Grotowski to a new generation of theatre students, outlining his contributions to twentieth century performance and placing them in context and in perspective.
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Imagining the World from Behind the Iron Curtain

Imagining the World from Behind the Iron Curtain

For example, Jerzy Grotowski (1933–1999), the legendary director of the experimental theater in Wrocław Teatr Laboratorium, traveled to India in the ... See Zbigniew Osiński, Grotowski's Journeys to the East (New York: Routledge, 2014).

Author: Malgorzata Fidelis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197643402

Category:

Page: 312

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The Global Sixties are well known as a period of non-conformist lifestyles, experimentation with consumer products and technology, counterculture, and leftist politics. While the period has been well studied in the West and increasingly researched for the Global South, young people in the "Second World" too were active participants in these movements. The Iron Curtain was hardly a barrier against outside influences, and young people from students and hippies to mainstream youth in miniskirts and blue jeans saw themselves as part of the global community of like-minded people as well as citizens of Eastern Bloc countries. Drawing on Polish youth magazines, rural people's diaries, sex education manuals, and personal testimonies, Malgorzata Fidelis follows jazz lovers, university students, hippies, and young rural rebels. Fidelis colorfully narrates their everyday engagement with a dynamically changing world, from popular media and consumption to counterculture and protest movements. She delineates their anti-authoritarian solidarities and competing visions of transnationalism, with the West as well as the ruling communist regime. Even as youth demonstrations were violently suppressed, Fidelis shows, youth culture was not. By the early 1970s, the state incorporated elements of Sixties culture into their official vision of socialist modernity. From the perspective of youth, Malgorzata Fidelis argues, the post-1989 transition in Poland from communism to liberal democracy, often dubbed as "the return to Europe," was less of a breakthrough and more of a continuation of trends in which they participated. Indeed, they had already created new modes of self-expression and cultural spaces in which ideas of alternative social and political organization became imaginable.
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The Unwritten Grotowski

The Unwritten Grotowski

3. Jerzy Grotowski, “Performer,” The Grotowski Sourcebook (New York: Routledge, 1997), 376. ... His wandering with very little in his possession through India, his travels to Central Asia in search for the traces of Dervishes, ...

Author: Kris Salata

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136158117

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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This book gives a new view on the legacy of Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999), one of the central, and yet misunderstood, figures who shaped 20th-century theatre, focusing on his least known last phase of work on ancient songs and the craft of the performer. Salata posits Grotowski’s work as philosophical practice, and more particularly, as practical research in the phenomenology of being, arguing that Grotowski’s departure from theatrical productions (and thus critical consideration) resulted from his uncompromising pursuit of one central problem, "What does it mean to reveal oneself?" — the very question that drove his stage directing work. The book demonstrates that the answer led him through the path of gradually stripping the theatrical phenomenon down to its most elemental aspect, which shows itself through the craft of the performer as a non-representational event. This particular quality released at the heights of the art of the performer is referred to as aliveness, or true liveness in this study in order to shift scholarly focus onto something that has always fascinated great theatre practitioners, including Stanislavski and Grotowski, and of which academic scholarship has limited grasp. Salata’s theoretical analysis of aliveness reaches out to phenomenology and a broad range of post-structural philosophy and critical theory, through which Grotowski’s project is portrayed as philosophical practice.
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The Exile and Return of Writers from East Central Europe

The Exile and Return of Writers from East Central Europe

... on Poland's legendary theater director Jerzy Grotowski (1966.13: 4), and on Witold Gombrowicz's Kosmos (1967.10: 3). ... Of course, it printed as a lead article Pavel Tigrid's travel report on his four-day visit to Hungary (1964.20: ...

Author: John Neubauer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110217742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 639

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This is the first comparative study of literature written by writers who fled from East-Central Europe during the twentieth century. It includes not only interpretations of individual lives and literary works, but also studies of the most important literary journals, publishers, radio programs, and other aspects of exile literary cultures. The theoretical part of introduction distinguishes between exiles, émigrés, and expatriates, while the historical part surveys the pre-twentieth-century exile traditions and provides an overview of the exilic events between 1919 and 1995; one section is devoted to exile cultures in Paris, London, and New York, as well as in Moscow, Madrid, Toronto, Buenos Aires and other cities. The studies focus on the factional divisions within each national exile culture and on the relationship between the various exiled national cultures among each other. They also investigate the relation of each exile national culture to the culture of its host country. Individual essays are devoted to Witold Gombrowicz, Paul Goma, Milan Kundera, Monica Lovincescu, Miloš Crnjanski, Herta Müller, and to the “internal exile” of Imre Kertész. Special attention is devoted to the new forms of exile that emerged during the ex-Yugoslav wars, and to the problems of “homecoming” of exiled texts and writers.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Intercultural Performance Reader

The Intercultural Performance Reader

If there has traditionally been a separation , this is because theatre had lost its vocabulary of movement and didn't know ... Today Jerzy Grotowski , Maurice Béjart , Peter Brook , Ariane Mnouchkine and Robert Wilson travel to the East ...

Author: Patrice Pavis

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415081548

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 267

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Views on intercultural exchanges within theatre practice from contributors including: Peter Brook, Clive Barker, Jacques Lecoq and Rustom Bharucha.
Categories: Performing Arts

Heart of Practice

Heart of Practice

Within the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards Thomas Richards. Working with certain meanings, ... There is a journey from the East, the 'land of rising,'down toa foreign country andthe return. Might itrefer to aninner ...

Author: Thomas Richards

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134068630

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Heart of Practice is a unique and invaluable insight into the workings of one of theatre’s true pioneers, presented by his closest collaborator. This book charts the development of Grotowski’s dramatic research through a decade of conversations with his apprentice, Thomas Richards. Tuscany’s ‘Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards’ is the enduring legacy of a master teacher, director and theorist, and home to much of Grotowski’s most significant work. Interviewed by leading scholars, and offering his own intimate accounts, Richards gives a vivid and detailed view of the Workcenter’s evolution, providing: concrete illustration of the Workcenter’s distinctive creative practices rigorous discussion of over twenty years of world-renowned research previously unpublished performance photos privileged insight into what Grotowski considered to be the culmination of his life’s work.
Categories: Performing Arts