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Jerzy Grotowski. L’eredità vivente

A gift of freedom from Grotowski and Kantor

Maria Pia Pagani

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Grotowski and Kantor, as Polish artists, succeeded in doing what no Russian colleague would even hope: to “use” the history of their homeland in XXth century, creating fundamental works for the worldwide theatre. While their Russian colleagues had to live into the boundaries of Soviet regime, they had a different possibility of expression and diffusion of their productions. This “conquer” of internalization was no simple nor immediate, and was the result of a complex strategy which considered in a nondirect, veiled manner, the tragic history of Polish-Jewish relations, the Holocaust and Auschwitz.

A very interesting instrument to understand the deepest aspects of this strategy, is the monograph The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor. History and Holocaust in “Akropolis” and “Dead Class” by Magda Romanska (Emerson College, Boston). As a Polish born author living in the Unites States, her methodological approach combines a perfect knowledge of Polish cultural and literary t...