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Polish Laboratory Theatre actor Mieczyslaw Janowski (left) in the Constant Prince. Photograph by Andrzej Paluchiewicz.
The Polish Cultural Institute and
the Performance Studies Department,
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU


Thursday, April 23, 2009, 7:00 PM

NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Performance Studies Studio
6th Floor
721 Broadway, New York, NY

Mieczyslaw Janowski worked in Grotowski's Polish Laboratory Theatre for 8 years, playing in all their core productions, including Faust, Akropolis, and The Constant Prince, and he traveled with the company to such theatre festivals as the Theatre Des Nations in Paris, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, and the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

After leaving the Laboratory Theatre, Janowski received a one-year scholarship in Paris from the French Ministry of Culture. He continued acting in the Dramatic Theatre in Walbrzych and the Wspolczesny Theatre in Wroclaw in Poland. Janowski's acting was not limited to the theatre; from 1962 to 1986 he appeared in over 85 feature films. In 1999 he was honored by the President of Poland for his artistic oeuvre with the Golden Order of Merit. Janowski leads educational youth projects and continues to speak about the actor's craft and his work with Grotowski at seminars and conferences worldwide.

During this evening of conversation, Janowski will discuss daily life in the Polish Laboratory Theatre - from physical and voice training, rehearsals, role preparation, and performances, to what it was like to work with Grotowski at that time. Q&A will follow. Moderated by Dominika Bennacer.

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.



Curator's Introduction

A Grotowski Chronology

Special Thanks

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