By Stephen Wangh

ISBN-10: 0307554139

ISBN-13: 9780307554130

"The actor will do, in public, what's thought of impossible." while the well known Polish director Jerzy Grotowski all started his 1967 American workshop with those phrases, his scholars have been shocked. yet inside of 4 weeks they themselves had skilled the "impossible."

In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh unearths how Jerzy Grotowski's actual routines can open a pathway to the actor's internal creativity. Drawing on Grotowski's insights and at the paintings of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and others, Wangh bridges the distance among rigorous actual education and functional scene and personality approach. Wangh's scholars provide candid descriptions in their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating the way to rework those striking classes right into a own trip of creative development. brave and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is a useful source for actors, administrators, and academics alike.

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I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I must have spoken with considerable passion, because, after remonstrating for a few minutes, M. ”4 It was not until five years later, after stints with two political theaters and a short career as a newspaper reporter, that I revisited the lessons I had learned from Grotowski. By the spring of 1973 I had quit my fifty-dollar-a-week freelance job at The Boston Phoenix to devote myself to writing a play. U. workshop, was also a refugee from a political theater company and had also moved to Boston.

This “Objective Drama” work, in turn, led Grotowski onward to what Peter Brook has called “Art as Vehicle,” the investigation of how gesture, sound and personal images can transform not the audience, but the actor himself. 3 BRIDGING THE GAP Today, in the year 2000, Grotowski’s directorial legacy is still very much alive. His innovations have spawned thousands of experiments in textual deconstruction and environmental theater. Yet his remarkable actor-training work has made only minor inroads upon more traditional acting techniques.

During the next three years, Grotowski’s fame grew throughout the world. As a teacher of acting, he was acclaimed as the greatest investigator since Stanislavski. And as a director, he was credited with having revivified the experiments of Vsevolod Meyerhold, for like the famous Russian director, he dared to deconstruct and recompose dramatic texts and to alter the actor-audience relationship radically. 2 But by the time the world had started treating him as a “star,” Grotowski himself was moving on.

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