Towards a Poor Theatre by Jerzy Grotowski, Edited by Eugenio Barba, With a Preface by Peter Brook
London : Methuen, 1969. First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. 262 pages ; illustrations ; 23 cm. In original $2.75 dust jacket. However, the dust jacket is not in the best of shape. Otherwise, it is clean, gently used, and without marking in book copy.
Towards a Poor Theatre
JERZY GROTOWSKI Edited by Eugenio Barba with a preface by Peter Brook
This collection of essays and interviews by the Polish theatre director, Jerzy Grotowski, with notes on his work made by Eugenio Barba, one of his closest collaborators, has been described by Irvin Wardle, drama critic of The Times, as one of the century's most impressive theatrical manifestos.'
Jerzy Grotowski created the 'Theatre Laboratory' in 1959 in Opole in South-West Poland. His work since then, with a small permanent company, has become one of most potent sources of inspiration for modern theatre directors. This is a record of the ideas that have motivated the work of the Theatre Laboratory - and of the company's methods and discoveries.
In the preface, Peter Brook writes: 'Grotowski is unique. Why? Because no one else in the world, to my knowledge, no one since Stanislavski, has investigated the nature of acting, its phenomenon, its meaning, the nature and science of its mental-physical-emotional processes as deeply and completely as Grotowski'.
Born in Rzeszow in the Eastern part of Poland in 1933, Jerzy Grotowski received his actor's diploma at the Cracow Theatre School where he also completed his studies in production. Between 1957 and 1959 he worked as a producer at the Teatr Stary in Cracow (The Chairs by Ionesco, Uncle Vanya by Chekhov, and The Gods of Rain by Krzyston) and the Teatr Polski in Poznan (Faust Parts I and II ), and as a teacher at the Cracow Theatre School. He became in 1959 the youngest theatre director when put in charge of the Teatr 13 Rzedow in Opole which, after several years of work and research, later became the Teatr Laboratorium. In 1965 the Teatr Laboratorium moved to Wroclaw acquiring at the same time the status of Institute for research into Acting.
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