Jerzy Grotowski

This page links to the following chapter in Actor Training edited by Alison Hodge

Grotowski’s vision of the actor: the search for contact

Lisa Wolford

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Audio-visual material:

Training sequences

The following audio-visual sequences come from two films:

Training at Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium in Wroclaw (1972)

Produced by Odin Teatret Film, 1972. B/W, 90 min. Dir. Torgeir Wethal. In English. The evolution of Jerzy Grotowski’s training is shown in a pedagogical situation in which Ryszard Cieslak, the main actor of the Theatre Laboratorium, works with two pupils.

The Body Speaks (1975)

Ryszard Cieslak in conversation with Margaret Croyden comments the training shown in Training at the Teatr Laboratorium in Wroclaw, with long sequences from the film:

Ryszard Cieslak on the Plastiques, part 1 (from The Body Speaks).

Ryszard Cieslak on the Plastiques, part 2 (9:50).

Ryszard Cieslak on the Plastiques, part 3 (5:30).

Ryszard Cieslak on the Corporals, part 1 (same programme, different editing) (9:50).

Ryszard Cieslak on the Corporals part 2 (6:00).

Ryszard Cieslak on the Corporals part 3 (6:00).



Jerzy Grotowski i Teatr Laboratorium (fragments of training and Akropolis) (1:00).

Akropolis de Grotowski (2:07).

The Constant Prince:

El principe constante de Grotowski (The Constant Prince) – a short excerpt (2:15).

Related institutions, programmes and websites

The Grotowski Institute, the Polish centre for Grotowski’s work, archives, related programmes that combine artistic and research projects that ‘correspond to the challenges laid down by Jerzy Grotowski’s creative practice’.

The website from the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards concerned with their project: Tracing Roads Across.

The British Grotowski Project, a wide-ranging resource for students, academics and practitioners of the theories and practices of Jerzy Grotowski.

UNESCO designated 2009 as “The Year of Grotowski”, 50 years after the founding of the Laboratory Theatre and 10 years after the death of Jerzy Grotowski. This website, presented by Institut del Teatre and the Polish Consulate in Barcelona (Curator and Project Coordinator: Anna Caixach), relates to the 2009 programme of work in Barcelona which celebrated his life and work.

Tracing Grotowski’s Path, relates to the Year of Grotowski in New York, presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Performance Studies Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Curator: Richard Schechner, NYU Professor, TDR Editor. Associate Curator: Dominika Bennacer, NYU. Project Coordinator: Agata Grenda, Polish Cultural Institute

A website in English for general information and additional texts.

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