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British Grotowski Project. Three year AHRC funded practical and theoretical project with multiple outcomes.

Allain, Paul (2008) British Grotowski Project. Three year AHRC funded practical and theoretical project with multiple outcomes. Project. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:40776)

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The British Grotowski Project – a re-evaluation’ has received significant financial support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project, under the direction of Professor Paul Allain, will be run with the assistance of the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw (Poland) as well as other overseas partners.

Polish director Jerzy Grotowski's contribution to world theatre is widely acknowledged. He has a central position in Britain in theatre studies and a still vital influence on theatre-making, especially devising and actor training in what is loosely termed Physical Theatre. However, teachers, students, academics and practitioners interested in this work both theoretically and practically, struggle with a lack of precise knowledge and access to primary sources, key texts, and good translations of his main treatises, as well as clearly articulated and accessible documents of and reflections on his practices. There is also no systematic analysis of his influence on British theatre-making and university drama studies since 1965 and his initial work with Peter Brook at the RSC. This project, running from October 2006 to October 2009, will address these knowledge gaps through creating:

a Critical Edition with an accompanying DVD of images, film and audio extracts.

online materials that will reveal the range of influences Grotowski has had on artists, teachers, and producers in Britain, whilst providing access to and information about useful Grotowski-related resources

a multi-modal international conference for practitioners and academics in 2009, the 'Year of Grotowski' (marking the 10th anniversary of his death).

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Additional information: The British Grotowski Project was funded by the AHRC (September 2006 - September 2009), and received other grants (see Impact Case Study no 1), including from the Polish government. It aimed to re-evaluate the work of Polish director Jerzy Grotowski and his influence on British theatre especially by bringing new materials and perspectives into the public domain, including through practice as research. The textual and live presentation of audiovisual materials and practical sessions enabled a more embodied understanding of Grotowski’s work, crucial to understanding his actor training, his approach to voice and the role of (Polish) text within his oeuvres, his scenographic experiments and his highly collaborative directorial ethos. This challenged several assumptions about Grotowski. The project had a dedicated website - - which published some original materials and information. It involved collaboration with a research assistant, Dr Giuliano Campo, who produced a book with DVD for Routledge, Zygmunt Molik’s Voice and Body Work, which has an introductory commentary on film by Allain and which was funded by the project. Other project publications: • Three edited and translated collections: with Peter Brook (Theatre is just a Form), with Ludwik Flaszen (Grotowski and Company), and Grotowski’s collaborators (Voices from Within). A further edited collection comprising texts translated from Italian, French and Polish, including an interview with Grotowski: Grotowski’s Empty Room. Additionally, a book chapter: Piotr Borowski and Poland’s Stadium Teatralne: Where Process Becomes Performance. • A touring exhibition: Jerzy Grotowski: Theatre and Beyond – this presented audiovisual materials, props and a reconstructed scaled down set for The Constant Prince, enhancing understanding of Grotowski’s scenographic practice especially. • Conferences and symposia (see especially the British Grotowski conference archived by Arts Archives) • Practice-based meetings between academics and practitioners, including with Grotowski’s collaborators Zygmunt Molik, Rena Mirecka, and Ian Morgan. All were documented and are available in Kent’s Templeman Library.;
Subjects: N Visual Arts
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:15 UTC
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