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Jerzy Grotowski. L’eredità vivente

The poetics of the encounter: Grotowski’s living legacy

Kris Salata

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This text has been prapared for the Academic Seminar, “Jerzy Grotowski: Living Legacy”, at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, held on October 27-18, 2012.

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Jerzy Grotowski’s legacy has been unmistakably placed among the most important, formative, legacies in modern theatre, mentioned in one breath with that of Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Brecht, and Artaud. Yet, for such a commonly acknowledged influence, Grotowski remains to many a puzzling figure, a case full of controversies, mysteries, and misunderstandings. «Shape-shifter, shaman, trickster, artist, adept, director, leader», as he is notoriously called by Richard Schechner in a hard-to-top article title, the Polish-born director has been «hard to pin down1» throughout his life-time, and remains so today. Over a decade after his death, and after volumes of scholarship devoted to him, his “case” is still wide open. It is because of this difficulty in digesting Grotowski’s lifework, I will suggest that his legacy should be treated as a case of exemption – a case that stands on its own and defines itself, while disputing the very phenomenon of a theatrical legacy. My first claim is that ...

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