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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Towards a Poor Theatre by Jerzy Grotowski ,. Eugenio Barba Editor. Originally published in , Jerzy Grotowski's groundbreaking book is available once again. As a record of Grotowski's theatrical experiments, this book is an invaluable resource to students and theater practioners alike.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Towards a Poor Theatre. Mar 19, Paulina rated it it was amazing. That is, avoid illustrating the author's words and remarks. If you want to create a true masterpiece you must always avoid beautiful lies: the truths on the calender under each date you find a proverb or saying such as: "He who is good to others will be happy.
It is a lie. The spectator, perhaps, is content. The spectator likes easy truths. But we are not there to please or pander to the spectator. We are here to tell the truth. Shelves: reference. In s Poland, Grototwski pioneered the idea of a theatre laboratory as a place where theatre happens through a process of experimentation.
This book reveals his experiments as a crux between what we see in contemporary theatre and the rich traditions of theatrical forms from all over the world. But given the setting of Grotowski's work post-war, Eastern Bloc Poland the title of this book clues us in on the tools that he had.
We're talking towards a poor theatre—who could spare the three pennies to even see it? Lucky for me my roomie had this book. Now I have three pennies to spend at the theater. Feb 27, Kaysy Ostrom rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. This book had many beautiful pearls of wisdom for anyone interested in theatre. Grotowski is an inspiration for anyone who believes in theatre just as an artform in general. I believe every aspiring actor should read Grotowski's ten things: the final chapter of this book.
However, if you are not into theatre you will. Luckily, I find him interesting. Unluckily, I don't really understand everything he talks about. Hopefully, this paper will turn out well. Until then, here comes more Grotowski reading!
Jan 19, Abraham rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: theater people. Shelves: theater. Really gets down to thinking about theater and acting in holistic why is that not spelled with a 'w'? Its critiques of theater, and the piecemeal opulence of the modern, egocentric, and overdone theater hit the mark entirely. Anybody involved in theater should read this.
View 1 comment. Feb 21, Adam Lauver rated it it was amazing. The publicotropist in me just got smashed in the face by a Grotowski-shaped brick. God DAMN. Apr 04, Jon Catherwood-Ginn rated it it was amazing. Outstanding read! Over time, Grotowski has developed this almost mythological mystique as an experimental theatre artist; consequently, many view his theories and techniques with dubiousness and reserve. Well, the productions, that is. But it seems that Outstanding read!
But it seems that Grot's intention isn't to provide the means to recreate such works as "Akropolis" and "Constant Prince"--Grot's aesthetic is his own. If anything, "Towards and Poor Theatre" provides three things: a. Theory -- impassioned words on the actor's necessary societal role actor as shaman, conduit for cross-cultural mythologies, etc. Exercises -- well-detailed guides to unleashing the actor's voice through resonators and association games, poses and movement-etudes to develop the actor's physical dexterity and strength, etc.
Production Notes -- "backstage" guides to the work behind some of Grot's most famous productions "Akropolis," "Dr. Faustus," etc. While I loved the essays for their savage sincerity and consideration of the actor's art throughout history, I found the "exercises" section pretty dry.
I mean, how many times can you read about the "effectiveness" of a game in which actors run around pretending to be tigers? I don't doubt that these exercises are tried-and-true; it seems that Grot. In offering actors a incomparably personalized method--grounded in, above all else, discipline--Grotowski has produced a timeless source of inspiration and practical means to improving the sincerity of performance.
If you haven't yet, grab this book! I read this book en suite with Artaud's Theatre and Its Double and Brook's The Empty Space, all of which share certain theories of the purpose and goals of theatre. But of the three, this is by far my favorite. I think that what I liked most about Grotowski's book is the exactitude of his work compared to Brook and especially Artaud--one of the things I especially disliked about Artaud was that, in Grotowski's words, when Artaud "moves from description to theory however, he starts explaining mag I read this book en suite with Artaud's Theatre and Its Double and Brook's The Empty Space, all of which share certain theories of the purpose and goals of theatre.
I think that what I liked most about Grotowski's book is the exactitude of his work compared to Brook and especially Artaud--one of the things I especially disliked about Artaud was that, in Grotowski's words, when Artaud "moves from description to theory however, he starts explaining magic by magic, cosmic trance by cosmic trance" In a way there may be a purpose to this abstract description, but I found Grotowski's much more exact and scientific descriptions clearer and more useful.
For Grotowski the entire purpose of his work was a semi- scientific examination of how the actor's art works. This goal contributes to a style where he lays out the goals of his methodology as clearly as possible, though he does sometimes still fall back into abstracts. Dec 12, Alex Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: , collections. Interesting book. Here, Grotowski and company would have actors pull out parts of themselves, to call about aspects of who they are to express emotion rather than relying on props or other more expensive cues.
This kind of pure expression of what theater is an articulation of the cut of what theater is; the exhibition of pure expression. I'm not very familiar with the genealogy of theater but this seems to be a kind of method in which we tool ourselves for automative action -- a very modernist v Interesting book.
I'm not very familiar with the genealogy of theater but this seems to be a kind of method in which we tool ourselves for automative action -- a very modernist view that would have to occur from modernist purity.
This is a very rational approach to theater. Feb 04, Vanessa rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Raving thespians. Grotowski's vision was of a bare bones theater - little in the way of costume, set, makeup or lighting - everything coming from the actor, with a great deal of participation from and interaction with the audience. If you have ever seen the film "My Dinner With Andre", there is a part where Andre describes taking part in one of Grotowski's theater experiences, which had a profound effect on him.
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