Allain, Paul and Campo, Giuliano
Jerzy Grotowski: Theatre and Beyond. An Exhibition.
Jerzy Grotowski: Theatre and Beyond. An Exhibition, Aberystwyth, the Centre for Performance Research, 21st-27th September 2009 • Canterbury, British Grotowski Project, University of Kent, 8th-19th June, 2009 • London, Battersea Arts Centre 24th June - 7th July. , London, Canterbury and Aberystwyth.
Drawings, photos, set, costumes, props, original materials from a performance.
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This exhibition aims to recall the spirit which animated the performances of Jerzy Grotowski’s company from its beginning in the 1950s until the 1980s, covering the period of its productions and its subsequent development during the ‘Paratheatre’ phase (in the 1970s) and beyond, including a focus on the ‘Theatre of Sources’ and connections with Indian culture.
This will be the largest most comprehensive collection of material ever shown in public. It builds on an exhibition organized by Wroclaw’s Grotowski Institute and presented at the Polish Cultural Institute in Rome in 2006, by also including a reconstruction of the set of The Constant Prince, costumes and props from different productions, with a special emphasis on The Constant Prince, including further rare pieces such as colour pictures of that performance and photos from the last performance Apocalypsis cum figuris, as well as scenes from the lives of the laboratory members. It will also include a complete collection of original posters and leaflets from the post-theatrical phase. A special section, commissioned for this exhibition, will present new pictures by photographer Francesco Galli of the places and the protagonists of the Theatre of Sources. Screenings will show films, video and documentaries on or connected to Grotowski’s work.
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