Jerzy Grotowski

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  • Amanda Di Ponio (University of Western Ontario)

Jerzy Grotowski is ranked alongside Konstantin Stanislavsky (1863-1938), Vsevelod Meyerhold (1874-1940), and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) as one of the most celebrated stage directors of the twentieth century. His contribution to theatre research extends beyond his work as a director in the production and performance of plays, which in fact only accounts for a small portion of his theatrical research. Grotowski’s lifelong and noteworthy work in the theatre is marked by his experiments with the role of the ‘total actor’ and his or her relationship or connection with the audience.

Jerzy Marian Grotowski was born in the small town of Rzeszów in south-eastern Poland on August 11, 1933 to schoolteacher Emilia …

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Di Ponio, Amanda. "Jerzy Grotowski". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2009
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