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on 18 September 2003
Grotowski's book encapsulates his thought and techniques based on years of interrogating the fundamental building blocks of theatre. His method (which can not be called a coherent system)is a stripping away of obstacles and artifices rather than an accumulation of techniques or 'tricks'. A puritian and evangelist, his teachings often smack of piety and a religious zeal. However, he claims to be preaching from a secular (anti-Catholic) standpoint. Theatre for Grotowski is what happens between the performer and the spectator. He jettisons scenic design, lighting and artifice therefore, and interrogates physical actions. His exercises have close associations with Asana Yoga whereby spiritual depths are accessed via physcial discipline. An inspiring, and as Peter Brook says in his foreward, provocative book. Eager students or artists looking for quick fix answers, gimmicks or techniques they can steal will be unfulfilled. Not since Stanislavski has anyone interrogated the art of acting and attempted to formulate a concordance of helpful observations in such depth and detail. The legacy of Grotowski has influenced our best present directors; from Peter Brook, Richard Wilson, Robert Le Page, Karma Ginkas and Yoshi Oida to name a few.
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on 15 January 2017
A must-read for people interested in Grotowski and physical theatre.
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on 15 October 2017
My daughter has found this a great help for her M.A. in acting.
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on 10 March 2017
it's an amazing book
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on 28 March 2013
It's such a fantastic book for anybody who is interested in alternative theatre and performance. A great contrast to more conventional methods of performance. Brilliant Read.
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on 16 July 2015
Just a wonderful tool for teaching and in good condition for the price
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on 31 March 2015
very insightful book
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on 26 February 2015
as described
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on 21 December 2015
Interesting
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