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Rena Mirecka and Zygmunt Molik in Akropolis,
Photo: Laboratory Theatre, courtesy of The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw
The Polish Cultural Institute and
the Performance Studies Department,
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
present


WOMEN IN THE GROTOWSKI DIASPORA:
TRAINING, TRANSMISSION, CREATIVITY


Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7:00 PM

Martin E. Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

This evening of conversation and work demonstration features three former Grotowski collaborators: Rena Mirecka (Poland/Italy), Stefania Gardecka (Poland), and Ang Gey Pin (Singapore/Italy). Although the particularly strenuous physical training emblematic of Grotowski's approach is not gender specific, it has historically been associated with a masculine conception of the performer because of the central position occupied by Grotowski's male collaborators in most of his theatrical work and paratheatrical experiments. However, as evidenced by archival sources, personal testimonies, and transmission processes, but - interestingly - rarely by printed materials, several generations of women from different cultures and traditions actively participated in all phases of Grotowski's research, and continue to play a pivotal role in today's intercultural Grotowski diaspora. What in Grotowski's approach has inspired women to dedicate their life to such research? Moderated by Virginie Magnat, Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada.


A part of TRACING GROTOWSKI'S PATH: YEAR OF GROTOWSKI IN NEW YORK, curated by Professor Richard Schechner and presented by the Polish Cultural Institute and the Performance Studies Department, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.


Participant's bios

Program

Introduction

Curator's Introduction

A Grotowski Chronology

Special Thanks


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