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Grotowski’s Polish Collaborators: Selected Bibliography of Sources in English


Laboratory Theatre Jerzy Grotowski Ludwik Flaszen Ryszard Cieślak Zygmunt Molik Rena Mirecka Zbigniew Cynkutis paratheatre Art as vehicle

Grzegorz Ziółkowski is Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is author of the monographs Teatr Bezpośredni Petera Brooka (Peter Brook’s Immediate Theatre; 2000) and Guślarz i eremita (A Sorcerer and Hermit, 2007), on Jerzy Grotowski. He has co-edited several works: a special issue of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review with Paul Allain on Polish theatre after 1989 (2005), Peter Brook’s With Grotowski (2009), and ‘On Performatics’ (2008), a special issue of Performance Research. He was Programme Director of the Grotowski Centre and the Grotowski Institute (2004-2009). In 2009, he directed an artisanal atelier for actors and directors, To the Light. He currently leads Studio ROSA and ATIS (Acting Techniques Intensive Seminar).

Entries are listed in chronological order:

1. Kustow, Michael, ‘Ludens Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinosum’, Encore (1963), 9-14

2. Tulane Drama Review, 9.3 (1965)

3. Brook, Peter, the Empty Space (London: McGibbon and Kee; New York: Atheneum, 1968), pp. 59-60

4. Flaszen , Ludwik, ‘Après l’avant-garde’ / ‘After the Avant-Garde’, Le Théâtre en Pologne / The Theatre in Poland, 7-8 (1968), 11-17

5. Grotowski, Jerzy, Towards a Poor Theatre, ed. by Eugenio Barba (Holstebro: Odin Teatrets Forlag, 1968)

6. Drama: The Quarterly Theatre Review, 95 (1969)

7. Smith, Michael, Theatre Trip, intro. by Judith Malina and Julian Beck (Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1969), pp. 52-72 and 82-88

8. ‘Notes From the Temple: A Grotowski Seminar’, an interview with Margaret Croyden by Erika Munk and Bill Coco, The Drama Review, 14.1 (1969), 178-83

9. The Drama Review, 14.2 (1970)

10. Temkine, Raymonde, Grotowski, trans. by Alex Szogyi (New York: Discus Books published by Avon, 1972)

11. ‘Grotowski: The Purest Theatre’, in James Schevill, Break Out: In Search of New Theatrical Environments (Chicago: The Swallow Press, 1973), pp. 276-93

12. The Drama Review, 17.2 (1973)

13. Croyden, Margaret, ‘The Phenomenon of Jerzy Grotowski’, in Croyden, Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: The Contemporary Experimental Theatre (New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 1974), pp. 135-68

14. Mennen, Richard, ‘Grotowski’s Paratheatrical Projects’, The Drama Review, 19.4 (1975), 58-69

15. Gieraczyński, Bogdan, ‘No Play-Acting: An Interview with Ryszard Cieślak’, Canadian Theatre Review, 14 (1977), 94-100

16. Forsythe, Eric, ‘Conversations with Ludwik Flaszen’, Educational Theatre Journal, 30.3 (1978), 301-28

17. Kumiega, Jennifer, ‘Grotowski/The Mountain Project’, Dartington Theatre Papers, 2.9 (Dartington: Dartington Hall, 1978)

18. On the Road to Active Culture: The Activities of Grotowski’s Theatre Laboratory Institute in the Years 1970–1977, ed. by Leszek Kolankiewicz, trans. by Bolesław Taborski (Wrocław: Instytut Aktora – Teatr Laboratorium, 1978; 1979)

19. Ronen, Dan, ‘A Workshop with Ryszard Cieślak’, TDR: The Drama Review, 22.4 (1978), 67-76

20. Błoński, Jan, ‘Holiday or Holiness?: A Critical Reevaluation of Grotowski’, trans. by Bolesław Taborski, in Twentieth Century Polish Theatre, ed. by Bohdan Drozdowski, trans. by Catherine Itzen, published in collaboration with Gambit International Review (London: John Calder; Dallas: Riverrun Press, 1979), pp. 67-76

21. Burzyński, Tadeusz, and Zbigniew Osiński, Grotowski’s Laboratory, trans. by Bolesław Taborski (Warsaw: Interpress, 1979)

22. Findlay, Robert, ‘Grotowski’s “Cultural Explorations Bordering on Art, Especially Theatre’”, Theatre Journal, 32.3 (1980), 349-56

23. Kott, Jan, ‘After Grotowski: The End of the Impossible Theater’, trans. by Krystyna Bittenek, Theatre Quarterly, 10 (1980), 27-37; reprinted in Kott, The Theater of Essence (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1984)

24. Wiles, Timothy J., The Theater Event: Modern Theories of Performance (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 111-78

25. Gregory, André, and Wallace Shawn, My Dinner with André, a script and VHS film (New York: Grove Press, 1981; DVD release 2009)

26. Innes, Christopher, Holy Theatre: Ritual and the Avant Garde (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981), pp. 159-77. See also: Christopher Innes, Avant Garde Theatre, 1892–1992 (London and New York: Routledge, 1993), pp. 149–62 and 162–66

27. Kumiega, Jennifer, ‘Grotowski’s Laboratory Theatre’, in The Director and the Stage: from Naturalism to Grotowski, ed. by Edward Braun (London: Methuen, 1982; New York: Holmes and Meyer, 1982), pp. 191-200

28. Turner, Victor, From Ritual to Theatre: The Human Seriousness of Play (New York: PAJ Publications, 1982), pp. 116-20

29. Findlay, Robert, ‘Grotowski’s Akropolis: A Retrospective View’, Modern Drama, 27.1 (1984), 1-20

30. Fowler, Richard, ‘The Four Theatres of Jerzy Grotowski: An Introductory Assessment’, New Theatre Quarterly, 1.2 (1985), 173-78

31. Furlong, Gary, and James Harrison, ‘In Search of Impulse: Zygmunt Molik and the Polish Theatre Lab’, Theatrum: A Theatre Journal, (1985), 11-31

32. Kumiega, Jennifer, The Theatre of Grotowski (London: Methuen, 1985)

33. Schechner, Richard, Between Theater and Anthropology, foreword by Victor Turner (Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press, 1985), pp. 213-60

34. Osiński, Zbigniew, Grotowski and His Laboratory, trans. and abridged by Lillian Vallee and Robert Findlay (New York: PAJ Publications, 1986)

35. TDR: The Drama Review, 30.3 (1986)

36. Findlay, Robert, ‘Practice/Theory/Practice/Theory: Excerpts from an Extended Interview/Dialogue with Zbigniew Cynkutis (1938–1987)’, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 1.2 (1987), 145-50

37. Puzyna, Konstanty, ‘Grotowski and Polish Romantic Drama’, trans. by Jacob Conrad, Theatre Three, 4 (1988), 45-50

38. Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski (Pontedera: Centro per Sperimentazione e la Ricerca Teatrale, 1988)

39. Grotowski, Jerzy, ‘Around Theatre: The Orient – The Occident’, trans. by Maureen Schaeffer Price, Asian Theatre Journal, 6 (1989), 1-11; reprinted in The Intercultural Performance Reader, ed. by Patrice Pavis (London and New York: Routledge, 1996), pp. 231-41

40. Bharucha, Rustom, Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture (Manohar Publications, 1990; London and New York: Routledge, 1993), pp. 42-53

41. Alexander, Bobby C., Victor Turner Revisited: Ritual as Social Change (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991), pp. 105-48

42. Grotowski, Jerzy, ‘Pragmatic Laws’, in Eugenio Barba and Nicola Savarese, The Secret Art of the Performer: A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology, published for the Centre for Performance Research (London and New York: Routledge, 1991; expanded edn. 2005), pp. 236-37

43. TDR: The Drama Review, 35.1 (1991)

44. ‘Running to Touch the Horizon’, an interview with Ryszard Cieślak by Marzena Torzecka, trans. by Susan Bassnett, New Theatre Quarterly, 8 (1992), 261-63

45. Croyden, Margaret, In the Shadow of the Flame: Three Journeys (New York: Continuum, 1993), pp. 3-70

46. Schechner, Richard, Future of Ritual: Writings on Culture and Performance (London and New York: Routledge, 1993), pp. 228-65

47. Cynkutis, Zbigniew, ‘To Be or To Have’, trans. and ed. by William H. Shephard, TDR: The Drama Review, 38.3 (1994), 50-56

48. Repohl, Roger, ‘Liturgy as vehicle’, America, 24 (1994), 18-20

49. Richards, Thomas, At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions (London and New York: Routledge, 1995)

50. Wolford, Lisa, ‘Approaching Grotowski’s Work-Without-Witness’, Slavic and East European Performance, 15.3 (1995), 16-25

51. Banu, Georges, ‘Grotowski – the Absent Presence’, trans. by Susan Basnett, in The Intercultural Performance Reader, ed. by Patrice Pavis (London and New York: Routledge, 1996), pp. 247-56

52. Grotowski, Jerzy, ‘A Kind of Volcano’, trans. from French by Magda Złotowska, in Gurdjieff: Essays and Reflections on the Man and His Teachinged. by Jacob Needleman and George Baker (New York: Continuum, 1996), pp. 87-106

53. Núñez, Nicolas, Anthropocosmic Theatre: Rite in the Dynamics of Theatre, trans. by Ronan J. Fitzsimons, ed. and with a foreword by Deborah Middleton (Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1996), pp. 51-64

54. Richards, Thomas, The Edge-Point of Performance, interviewed by Lisa Wolford (Pontedera: Documentation Series of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski, 1996)

55. Wolford, Lisa, Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research, foreword by Robert Findlay (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996)

56. Wolford, Lisa, ‘The Occupation of the Saint: Grotowski’s Art as Vehicle’ (unpublished doctoral dissertation, Northwestern University, 1996)

57. Kuharski, Allen J., ‘Jerzy Grotowski’s First Lecture at the College de France’, Slavic and East European Performance, 17.2 (1997), 16-20; reprinted in Periphery: Journal of Polish Affairs, 3.1-2 (1997)

58. Wolford, Lisa, and Richard Schechner, eds, The Grotowski Sourcebook, (London and New York: Routledge, 1997; 2nd edn 2001)

59. Wolford, Lisa, ‘Grotowski’s Art as Vehicle: the Invention of an Esoteric Tradition’, Performance Research, 3.3 (1998), 85-95

60. American Theatre, 16.4 (1999)

61. Barba, Eugenio, Land of Ashes and Diamonds: My Apprenticeship in Poland, followed by 26 letters from Jerzy Grotowski to Eugenio Barba, trans. by Judy Barba (Aberystwyth: Black Mountain Press, 1999)

62. Grotowski, Jerzy, ‘Untitled Text by Jerzy Grotowski, Signed in Pontedera, Italy, July 4, 1998’, trans. from French by Mario Biagini, TDR: The Drama Review, 43.2 (1999), 11-12

63. Theater, 29.2 (1999)

64. ‘Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards and Action’, TDR: The Drama Review, 43.2 (1999), 13-14

65. Slavic and East European Performance, 20.2 (2000)

66. Wangh, Stephen, An Acrobat of the Heart: A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski (New York: Vintage Books, 2000)

67. Milling, Jane, and Graham Ley, ‘Grotowski and Theoretical Training’, in Jane Milling and Graham Ley, Modern Theories of Performance: From Stanislavsky to Boal (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001), pp. 117-41

68. Wolford, Lisa, ‘Ambivalent Positionings: Grotowski’s Art as Vehicle and the Paradox of Categorization’, in Performer Training: Developments Across Cultures, ed. by Ian Watson (Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 2001), pp. 117-32

69. Allain, Paul, ‘After Grotowski – the Next Generation’, New Theatre Quarterly, 18.1 (2002), 59-65

70. Degler, Janusz, ‘Jerzy Grotowski on the Books of His Youth’, trans. by Jadwiga Kosicka, Slavic and East European Performance, 23.2 (2003), 40-48

71. Allain, Paul, ‘Grotowski’s Ghosts’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 15.1 (2005), 46-58

72. Cuesta, Jairo, and James Slowiak, Jerzy Grotowski (London and New York: Routledge, 2007)

73. Yarrow, Ralph, Sacred Theatre (Bristol: Intellect, 2007)

74. Dunkelberg, Kermit, ‘Grotowski and North American Theatre: Translation, Transmission, Dissemination’ (unpublished doctoral dissertation, New York University, 2008)

75. Le Théâtre en Pologne/The Theatre in Poland, guest ed. by Grzegorz Ziółkowski, 3-4 (2008)

76. Re-Reading Grotowski, ed. by Kris Salata and Lisa Wolford Wylam (= TDR, 52.2 (2008))

77. Richards, Thomas, Heart of Practice: Within the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (London and New York: Routledge, 2008)

78. Brook, Peter, With Grotowski: Theatre is Just a Form, ed. by Georges Banu and Grzegorz Ziółkowski with Paul Allain (Wrocław: Grotowski Institute, 2009)

79. Allain, Paul, ed., Grotowski’s Empty Room (London, New York, Calcutta: Seagull Books, 2009)

80. Campo, Giuliano, and Zygmunt Molik, Zygmunt Molik’s Voice and Body Work: The Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2010)

81. Pakula, Pablo, ‘Jerzy Grotowski’s Influence on British Theatre 1966-1980: Histories, Perspectives, Recollections’ (unpublished doctoral dissertation,  University of Kent 2011)

82. Flaszen, Ludwik, Grotowski & Company, ed. by Paul Allain with the assistance of Monika Blige, trans. by Andrzej Wojtasik with Paul Allain (Abingdon and New York: Routledge Icarus, 2013)

83. Salata, Kris, The Unwritten Grotowski: Theory and Practice of the Encounter (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2013)

84. Magnat, Virginie, Grotowski, Women, and Contemporary Performance (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014)

85. Cynkutis, Zbigniew, Acting with Grotowski: Theatre as a Field for Experiencing Life, ed. by Paul Allain and Khalid Tyabji, trans. by Khalid Tyabji (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2015)