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Jerzy Grotowski's passport photo, probably 1955
The Polish Cultural Institute and
the Performance Studies Department,
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU


Friday, April 17, 2009, 7:00 PM

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Room 630-T
899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY

Panelists: Professor Kazimierz Braun, director, former Grotowski colleague and author of Ten Days in Poland Under Communism; Seth Baumrin, director, theatre historian, Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY, author of forthcoming article Ketmanship in Opole: Jerzy Grotowski and the Price of Artistic Freedom; Agnieszka Wojtowicz, theatre historian; Assistant Professor at the University of Opole, author of From Orpheus to the Hamlet Study: Theatre of the 13 Rows in Opole (1959-64) discuss Grotowski's political activities in Communist Poland. They explore the complex and often contradictory political realities of cultural production in Poland at that time. The period in question spans the establishment of the Laboratory Theatre in 1959 through to the years of Solidarity in the 1970-80s and beyond to the fall of Communism in Poland in 1989. Just what was Grotowski's (a Communist Party member for more than two decades) and the Laboratory Theatre's relationship to the Party, to the emergent anti-communist activism of the 1970s-80s, and to the censors who passed on all phases of cultural production, including the theatre? How did the "political realities" affect Grotowski's artistic work? Moderated by Daniel Gerould, Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center.

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.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Department of Communication and Theatre Arts and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York.

Participant's bios



Curator's Introduction

A Grotowski Chronology

Special Thanks

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