the Performance Studies Department,
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
1967: GROTOWSKI IN NEW YORK, THE FIRST ENCOUNTER
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 7:00 PM
La MaMa E.T.C., The Club
74A East 4th Street, New York, NY
A discussion with participants in Grotowski's first American workshop which took place at NYU in the autumn of 1967. Ellen Stewart, founder and director of La MaMa E.T.C., who was instrumental in bringing Grotowski to America, will also be on the panel. Two participants in the NYU workshop - Thomas Crawley and Jerry Mayer (both deceased) - kept a careful journal of this workshop. Their observations concerning Grotowski, his principal actor at the time, Ryszard Cieslak, and the work process are "naive" and thus a very interesting document of American actors' first encounter with Grotowski and his training methods. Richard Schechner will read from the Crawley-Mayer journal.
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.
A Grotowski Chronology
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