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Towards a Poor Theatre (Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)) Paperback – March 1, 2002
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Grotowski argues effectively that the split of the stage and the screen necessitates that the stage redefine its focus. The screen with its higher budget and countless retakes will always beat the stage in richness. So, Grotowski posits "If it [the stage] cannot be richer than the cinema, then let it be poor." The rest of the book illustrates what such a poor theatre means in practice. Brilliant.
But this doesn't mean everybody can embrace Grotowski's vision of Poor Theatre. His is one that involves stripping away all preconceived notions of theatre from the early Modern period on. This will never fly in commercial theatre, dependent as it is on technology, nor will it satisfy many recent playwrights, who depend on technical do-funnies to make their shows work.
Grotowski also takes a funny view of plays, playwrights, and theoreticians who don't agree with him. Among other things, he considers playwrights as hired talent and plays as essentially malleable. He also suggests that the only way the writings of Artaud are useful in theatre is if they are taken elementally rather than globally - a position sure not to sit well with many avant-garde directors.
Because this book isn't a straight-ahead statement of principles, ideas, and practices, it yields its secrets only with difficulty. Parts of it aren't even written by Grotowski, but are interviews by other authors, or even observations that don't include quotes from the man himself. It was basically compiled to provide an overview of the ideas and products of the Polish Laboratory Theatre up to that time, and it encourages experiment and development by the reader.
This isn't to say that it isn't actually useful.Read more ›
I also want to give the Kindle edition a single star only, because the manuscript contains many plainly stupid typographical errors. The preface is so riddle with them it was difficult to read. There are more stupid errors throughout the body of the book.
What's more, it's not an inexpensive book. The Kindle edition cost more than $23. By charging that much, one would think they could pay a proofreader.
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Very good for any acting student. Might I also recommend Antero Alli: A Shaman's Guide to Reality Selection.Published 4 months ago by RoyBobble86
Jerzy Grotowski was a saint, and to truly learn about him is to engage in an entirely different worldview and lifestyle from the world's. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Christopher Aronson
i am answering for my son...not truly sure if he already read this one.
he reads like a maniac and will be the best ACTOR EVER
I bought this book to help my studies on this particular practitioner, and it really did help. Having a hard copy makes it easier to quickly find a quote or interesting... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by brydee
This book was suggested by our Director, and I am glad he did. A lot of good insight into a great minds' thoughts on what acting is about. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer