Logo The Grotowski Year 2009
The Grotowski Institute
  • Polish
  • English
City of Wroclaw

Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016

the Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Meeting with Peter Brook

Meeting with Peter Brook
15th January
(Thursday), 7:00 pm
The Assembly Hall of the Ossolinski National Institute, Szewska St. 37 

Admission free

Meeting with Peter Brook
devoted to his book With Grotowski. Theatre is Just a Form, edited by Paul Allain, Georges Banu and Grzegorz Ziolkowski (Wroclaw: Grotowski Institute, 2009; in collaboration with the British Grotowski Project); led by Georges Banu

With Grotowski. Theatre is Just a Form“From early on, Grotowski recognized the double nature of forms. They conceal, but they also protect the life that is within. For this reason, he set up his own barriers, so as to conceal and protect the work he was doing with his dedicated companions in their well-guarded private space. When he eliminated spectators from his theatre, and when he refused to allow writers to describe and evaluate his explorations, this was to prevent mere descriptions from replacing the vivid life of actions. And yet Grotowski, a great reader, an encyclopedic man of learning, knew well how essential in human life it is for understanding to be passed on, for there to be a chain of transmission. His quest was not only in a personal need to force the crust of the earth to open so as to reveal the blazing core hidden in its depths. It was also, in his own chosen field of theatre, to guide others, to help them discover in exact, detailed and repeatable ways what laws, what practices make this deep inner penetration possible. In this way, he could develop a craft that could be transmitted directly, from person to person, a craft that examined the relationship between impulse and action, and made their coming together possible. He carefully separated himself from his explorations, so that they could continue one day without him”. (an extract from the book)

Teatr jest tylko forma. O Jerzym GrotowskimIn December 2007, upon the initiative of Georges Banu and Grzegorz Ziolkowski, Peter Brook’s book about Jerzy Grotowski Teatr jest tylko forma. O Jerzym Grotowskim was published in Polish by the Grotowski Institute. For the inauguration of the Grotowski Year 2009 the author prepared the English edition of this book, which is published by the Grotowski Institute. At the same time, Actes Sud publishes the French version Avec Grotowski. Le théâtre n’est qu’une forme – with Georges Banu’s introduction. 

The author, the editors and the publisher would like to thank Nina Soufy for her invaluable help.