The final action in the performance is often the result of a long transformation of an idea or intuition. It can be accidental as well as layered in precise concepts; it can be exclusive and broadly accessible.
We will look closely at the interplay between this “contradictory” process of creation and a mosaic of your personal visions, along with a rigorous physical performative practice and experiential encounters.
This workshop is a result of years of research within Studio Matejka as well as response to Grotowski’s paratheatrical activities. This theatre practice stands on the edge of performance and self-reflection; finding the human dimension of one’s existence in action and experiment.
The workshop is actively researching and testing the transformation from theatre work to the possibilities of deepening and broadening the experience of encounter - the core of Grotowki’s idea of the “total act”.
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO:
ritual of a respectful and focused working environment
rediscovering anatomy, opening physical abilities no matter to the level of previous movement experience building of a personal, daily physical practice
sensitivity and listening through partner and group
awakening the intuitive body
power of collective presence and creative improvisations
awareness and use of muscle tension and overall dynamics of the body
tools for building original physical structures
unique exercises tracing to Grotowski’s laboratory work
adventure of unpredictable compositions of performative actions
martial art and contact improvisation techniques integrated into the training
pursuit of an idea as a source and result of artistic expression
“One of the most skilled and experienced teachers of physical acting in the world. … A consummate master in teaching and training actors in physical work and movement.”
-Dr. Ben Spatz, University of Huddersfield
“Precise yet open and flowing, caring but rigorous, technical and poetical, working with everybody in and through the group. An excellent teacher.” - workshop participant
“He is a genius pedagogue of physical theater and a great researcher and innovator. … A rare artistic and poetic soul that has the power to make our world more beautiful.”
-Alexandra Kazazou, actress, director
THE REMARKABLE POWER OF BRZEZINKA IS FORCING US TO REMAIN IN SILENCE, TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND ASK ONESELF THE QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THE TIME TO FACE IN THE TURMOIL OF OUR EVERYDAY LIFE.
WORKSHOP DATES: 10- 19 SEPTEMBER 2021
Arrival 10. September
Workshop session 11 - 18 September
Departure 19 September
600 eur / (application & down payment till 30 June)
650 eur / (application & down payment between 30th June-30th July)
750 eur / (application & down payment after 30th July)
Artist stipendium discounts available.
Down payment is 90 EUR and is not refundable.
The places are limited. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis according to the order of application and date of the down payment.
The fee includes accommodation in the Brzezinka forest base, organised transport between Wrocław and Brzezinka and meals for the entire period of the work session (breakfast, lunch, dinner, warm drinks, drinking water supply)
HOW TO APPLY
The workshop will be led in English and Polish. The practice is based on the platform of listening and communication through the body and intuitive experience, therefore verbal explanation will be often reduced to possible minimum.
The work session will take place in Brzezinka in the historical forest base of The Grotowski Institute, located 46 km from Wroclaw. The Brzezinka forest base began as a renovation project by Jerzy Grotowski and The Laboratory Theatre in 1971. The renovated farm buildings surrounded by 10 hectares of forest, now contain a theatrical space, studio spaces, and full living accommodations.
Please do not get confused, there are more Brzezinka's in Poland!