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Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 1
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Exploring the Work and Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski with the Stories from the Eastern West Podcast, Part 1

Theatre History Podcast #71

6 December 2018

The Theatre History Podcast is proud to partner with Stories from the Eastern West to present the first of a two-part episode on the life and work of revolutionary theatre director Jerzy Grotowski.

In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival
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In Kraków, Good Ghosts and Bad at the 2017 Divine Comedy Festival

13 March 2018

Robert Duffley reflects on four shows from the 2017 Divine Theatre Comedy Festival in Kraków, Poland.

Encountering Eastern Europe
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Encountering Eastern Europe

4 March 2017

Jamie Gahlon, Senior Creative Producer of HowlRound, reports on a trip she took in fall 2016 to explore, deepen, and build partnerships with theatremakers and organizations in Eastern Europe.

Radical Theatre in Poland
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Radical Theatre in Poland

27 November 2016

Brian Hashimoto travels to Poland and reports on the 2016 Malta Festival.

Can Tadeusz Kantor’s ideas about death be revived in theatre about dementia?
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Can Tadeusz Kantor’s ideas about death be revived in theatre about dementia?

4 May 2016

Minna Vallaste writes about a piece she created about dementia using ideas from Kantor’s Theatre of Death.

Spectacular
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Spectacular

The Art of Theatre Spectacle

15 September 2015

Playwright and actor Natalie Osborne distinguishes spectacle from special effects and advocates for spectacle with minimalist staging.

The Reduta Theatre
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The Reduta Theatre

Grotowski’s Forgotten Model

7 August 2015

Scholar Cole Matson explores the influence of the Reduta Theatre in Poland on Jerzy Grotowski and the Polish experimental theatre tradition.

A Conversation between Stacy Klein of Double Edge Theatre and Jennifer Johnson of The Charlestown Working Theater
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A Conversation between Stacy Klein of Double Edge Theatre and Jennifer Johnson of The Charlestown Working Theater

29 April 2015

Jennifer Johnson, of The Charlestown Working Theater, who has trained with Double Edge Theatre, interviews Stacy Klein, Founding Artistic Director of Double Edge about the evolution of Double Edge’s training method.

Women Directors in Poland
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Women Directors in Poland

11 April 2015

Scholar Magda Romanska presents an overview of contemporary women directors in Poland.

A Real Fictitious Discourse
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A Real Fictitious Discourse

Weronika Szczawińska

17 December 2014

In this installation of the Polish Theater series, Agnieszka Jakimiak talks about the experimental work of Weronika Szczawińska: ever-changing, consistently challenging, and rewarding.

Monika Strzępka and Paweł Demirski
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Monika Strzępka and Paweł Demirski

The Theater of Social Anarchy

16 December 2014

Iulia Popovici shares the work of Monika Strzępka and Paweł Demirski, a couple who make challenging and exciting work often based on political events happening in Poland.

Under Pressure
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Under Pressure

Polish Theatre and The Crisis of Public Theatre Institutions

15 December 2014

Marta Keil presents an overview of the Polish theatre, tracing movements within a new political theatre, addressing the pressure of the market and the openness to artistic experimentation.

Theater of the Eighth Day and Travel Agency Theater—from Student Theatre to Mainstream Polish Alternative
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Theater of the Eighth Day and Travel Agency Theater—from Student Theatre to Mainstream Polish Alternative

15 December 2014

Joanna Wojciechowska explores the work of two theatre companies originally founded by students, now as leaders in Polish experimental theatre, making exciting work in Poland and abroad.

A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

Onstage Diversity in Postwar Society

9 October 2014

Many Polish theaters seek to explore Poland's diverse heritage or to connect with other cultures in Europe, but lack immediate access to a large multiethnic pool of actors. Despite the obstacle of recent history, many contemporary Polish theaters present and honor different forms of diversity onstage.

A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

The Closed and Open Door

25 August 2014

One of the stereotypes about the post-Grotowski Polish ensemble theaters is that their processes are rigidly closed and their rehearsal rooms are treated like devotional spaces. There is often a way through a more closed door, but you may have to put on your sweatpants.

A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

Rehearsing Without Breaks

10 March 2014

The last two posts of this series have documented the kinds of rehearsal scheduling and breaks that some of the Polish post-Grotowski theaters use. However, in addition to this normal set of practices, on rare occasions, some theaters rehearse without taking any breaks at all.

A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

How to Make Rehearsal Time Flexible

21 February 2014

This period of shared, relaxed time puts the performers in harmony with the theater, the rehearsal, and their fellow actors. It's like musicians tuning in the same room together. When I participated in this pre-rehearsal hangout, despite my initial antsiness, and not knowing what to do with this unstructured time, I found that my mind grew calmer. The flexible start was a moment of meditation before a strenuous activity: a deep breath before the dive.

A Polish Theater Cookbook
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A Polish Theater Cookbook

The Loose 20 Minute Break

9 February 2014

Our US union regulations and laws require us to take breaks of a certain time, at a certain time. But nothing requires us to take *exactly* and *only* 5 minutes every hour or 10 minutes every 90. Why not, as an experiment, give them more? Why not make one break longer, and looser? An ongoing series of reports from rehearsal rooms and interviews with theater people in Poland; how US artists can modify or adapt Polish techniques for their own rehearsal kitchens.

A Polish Theater Cookbook, Part Three
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A Polish Theater Cookbook, Part Three

24 January 2014

Yes, some rehearsals (not all, mind you) are paid, and have to be regulated, legally, as work. But why did we decide, as US practitioners, that theater rehearsals fell so wholly into the realm of work and were so utterly unlike things such as parties or play? Why did we push rehearsals all the way to one end of the work-play spectrum? How did we become afraid of rehearsing without a stopwatch?

A Polish Theater Cookbook, Part Two
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A Polish Theater Cookbook, Part Two

10 January 2014

We need to spend a little time talking about the Julia Child of Polish theater—Jerzy Grotowski—before we can get on to the contemporary companies which have emerged from this figure's work, and their rehearsal practices. So—who was Jerzy Grotowski? If you've ever seen the film "My Dinner with Andre", you've heard of the experiments of this compelling, controversial, sham-or-shaman theater director.

Introducing A Polish Theater Cookbook
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Introducing A Polish Theater Cookbook

28 December 2013

Dara Weinberg reports from rehearsal rooms and interviews with directors in Poland; how US artists can modify or adapt Polish techniques for their own kitchens.

Conversations from the Malta Festival Poznań, Poland — Friday-Saturday 22-23 June 2018
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Conversations from the Malta Festival Poznań, Poland — Friday-Saturday 22-23 June 2018

The Malta Festival Poznań, Poland presented two conversations livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 22 June - Saturday 23 June 2018.

Why do we need theatre? at Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Poland—Thursday 19 October 2017
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Why do we need theatre? at Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Poland—Thursday 19 October 2017

The Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival in Poland presented the debate Why do we need theatre? livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 19 October at 16:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 17:00 EEST (Beirut, UTC +3) / 3 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 14:00 UTC +0 / 10 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4). In Twitter, follow @howlround for updates and use #howlround.

What is forbidden? About political theatre and politicisation of theatre in Poland at Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Poland—Friday 20 October 2017
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What is forbidden? About political theatre and politicisation of theatre in Poland at Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Poland—Friday 20 October 2017

The Dialog-Wrocław International Theatre Festival in Poland presented the debate What is forbidden? About political theatre and politicisation of theatre in Poland​ livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 20 October at 16:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2) / 17:00 EEST (Beirut, UTC +3) / 3 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 14:00 UTC +0 / 10 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4). In Twitter, follow @howlround for updates and use #howlround.

Theatre and Democracy: Institutional Practices in Polish Theatre with the Polish Theatre Journal at the Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, Poland—Friday 13 October 2017
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Theatre and Democracy: Institutional Practices in Polish Theatre with the Polish Theatre Journal at the Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, Poland—Friday 13 October 2017

The 22nd edition of Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, Poland presented the discussion Theatre and Democracy: Institutional Practices in Polish Theatre with the Polish Theatre Journal livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 13 October at 17:00 CEST (Lublin/Berlin) / 18:00 EEST (Bucharest) / 4 p.m. BST (London) / 15:00 UTC / 11 a.m. EDT (New York) / 8 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles). Follow @HowlRoundTV and @konfrontacje on Twitter for updates.