Tadeusz Kantor's Memory: Other pasts, other futures

Tadeusz Kantor's Memory: Other pasts, other futures

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Overview

Tadeusz Kantor (1915–1990) was a Polish visual artist, writer, and theatre director, who can be placed among a select group of the twentieth century’s most influential performance practitioners. The breadth and diversity of his artistic endeavours align Kantor with such varied figures as Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), Marcel Duchamp, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Oskar Schlemmer, Antonin Artaud, Jackson Pollock, Jerzy Grotowski, Allan Kaprow, Peter Brook, Pina Bausch, and Robert Wilson. In significant ways, Kantor’s work with the Cricot 2 company and his theories of theatre consistently challenged and expanded the boundaries of traditional and non-traditional theatre forms.

Tadeusz Kantor’s Memory: Other pasts, other futures — published following Kantor’s centenary year and the 60th anniversary of the founding of Cricot 2, as well as anniversaries of the group’s key productions The Dead Class (1975), Wielopole, Wielopole (1980), and Let the Artists Die (1985) — gathers international perspectives from across academia and the arts to offer a major critical reappraisal of Kantor’s work. The book includes scholarly contributions by researchers from around the world, alongside reflections by leading collaborators and colleagues, and a selection of rarely seen images. Together, these materials offer an invaluable, contemporary insight into Kantor’s theoretical and artistic practice and an unprecedented view of its global sphere of influence.

Michal Kobialka is Professor of Theatre Arts at the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota. He has published over 75 articles, essays, and reviews in academic journals in the US and Europe. He is the author of A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944–1990 (University of California Press, 1993), This Is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages (University of Michigan Press, 1999), and Further on, Nothing: Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); editor of Of Borders and Thresholds: Theatre History, Practice, and Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 1999); and co-editor (with Barbara Hanawalt) of Medieval Practices of Space (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) as well as (with Rosemarie K. Bank) of Theatre/Performance Historiography: Time, Space, Matter (Palgrave, 2015).

Natalia Zarzecka is Director of Cricoteka: The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, in Kraków, where she has led development of the centre’s new building and museum space on the Vistula river. She has co-curated several Polish and international exhibitions, including within the Kantor Centenary programme at Cricoteka (2015) and ‘An Impossible Journey: The Art and Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor’ at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, UK, within the Polska! Year (2009). She is co-editor of Italian and Polish editions of the Wielopole, Wielopole Dossier (Titivillus, 2006; Cricoteka, 2007) and Kantor Was Here (Black Dog Publishing, 2011), co-translator (with Silvia Parlagreco) of Podróż Tadeusza Kantora kompendium biograficzne (2002), and author of various texts on Tadeusz Kantor and Cricoteka.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910203064
Publisher: TAPAC Theatre and Performance Across Cultures
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 610
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.66(d)

About the Author

Michal Kobialka is Professor of Theatre Arts at the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Minnesota. He has published over 75 articles, essays, and reviews in academic journals in the US and Europe. He is the author of A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944-1990 (University of California Press, 1993), This Is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages (University of Michigan Press, 1999), and Further on, Nothing: Tadeusz Kantor's Theatre (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); editor of Of Borders and Thresholds: Theatre History, Practice, and Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 1999); and co-editor (with Barbara Hanawalt) of Medieval Practices of Space (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) as well as (with Rosemarie K. Bank) of Theatre/Performance Historiography: Time, Space, Matter (Palgrave, 2015).

Natalia Zarzecka is Director of CRICOTEKA: The Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, in Kraków, where she has led development of the centre's new building and museum space on the Vistula river. She has co-curated several Polish and international exhibitions, including within the Kantor Centenary programme at Cricoteka (2015) and 'An Impossible Journey: The Art and Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor' at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, UK, within the Polska! Year (2009). She is co-editor of Italian and Polish editions of the Wielopole, Wielopole Dossier (Titivillus, 2006; Cricoteka, 2007) and Kantor Was Here (Black Dog Publishing, 2011), co-translator (with Silvia Parlagreco) of Podróż Tadeusza Kantora kompendium biograficzne (2002), and author of various texts on Tadeusz Kantor and Cricoteka.

Table of Contents

Prologue

MICHAL KOBIALKA AND NATALIA ZARZECKA

Part I

ŁUCJA IWANCZEWSKA Kantor’s Objects: Rembrandt and ‘still life’

MARTIN LEACH Letting Tattered Clothing Sing: Tadeusz Kantor’s Anatomy Lesson

KATARZYNA NOCUŃ Transfusing the Voice: Giving voice to surpass death in Tadeusz Kantor’s theatre

ANNA R. BURZYŃSKA Musicality in Tadeusz Kantor’s Wielopole, Wielopole

MAJA SARACZYŃSKA From the Theatre of Cruelty to the Theatre of Death: On a theory transposed to theatrical practice

MARA STYLIANOU The Theatre of Transgression: An anti-analysis of Kantor’s The Dead Class through Bataille’s Eroticism

ANDREW BIELSKI Kantor’s Waxworks: Anti-theatricalism and the personnel of the theatre

CARIAD ASTLES Presence and Memory: Tadeusz Kantor’s living puppet theatre

MISCHA TWITCHIN Kantor after Duchamp

WAGNER CINTRA The Short Story of Tadeusz Kantor in Brazil

MARÍA J. SÁNCHEZ MONTES Tadeusz Kantor in Spain

MARIA PIA VERZILLO Visible and Hidden Traces of Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre in Italy

KEE-YOON NAHM A Visit to Wielopole, Korea

Part II

KLAUS DERMUTZ ‘The Horrors of War and of the World with the Circus Mixed’: Anselm Kiefer on the theatre of Tadeusz Kantor

GRZEGORZ NIZIOŁEK Anxiety, and Further On… what?

JAROMIR JEDLIŃSKI Kantor and Beuys: Parallel processes?

ANDRZEJ TUROWSKI Blinding Afterimages

KATARZYNA FAZAN Shadows of the Polish Odysseus: Wyspiański, Kantor, Grzegorzewski

AMOS FERGOMBÉ The Door, The Frame… Or, the transcendent threshold in the works of Tadeusz Kantor

UTA SCHORLEMMER Present Absence in Tadeusz Kantor’s and Christoph Schlingensief’s Late Performances

ZBIGNIEW OSIŃSKI Jerzy Grotowski and Tadeusz Kantor: Two Ideas of Theatre / Art

KRZYSZTOF PLEŚNIAROWICZ Tadeusz Kantor and Jerzy Grotowski: Between the Mangle and Eternity

RENATO PALAZZI Tadeusz Kantor’s Greatness: An uncomfortable heritage

Part III

ROBERT WILSON An Homage to Tadeusz Kantor

JANINA KRAUPE-ŚWIDERSKA Meetings with Tadeusz Kantor

JACEK MARIA STOKŁOSA The Wanderers

LUIGI ARPINI The Eggs: Dedicated to the Krzysztofory and Cricotango: A stage proposition for Cricot 2

LORIANO DELLA ROCCA Tadeusz Kantor in Kraków, 8 December 1990 to 8 December 2010

JACQUIE BABLET Kantor’s Finger and Kantor’s Smile

BOGDAN RENCZYŃSKI Kantor’s Actor-Artworks: Today Is My Birthday (1990–91)

ANDRZEJ WEŁMIŃSKI ‘One Moment More, Mr Executioner...’

MARIE VAYSSIÈRE Tadeusz Kantor in Charleville-Mézières

NENAGH WATSON My Meeting with Kantor’s Umbrella

JAN FABRE Diary (1985)

RICHARD DEMARCO Tadeusz Kantor and the Avant-Garde

KARL GERHARD SCHMIDT Kantor’s Compelling Magic

VALENTINA VALENTINI The Object-Actor: Emballages, Happenings, Poverty

RUGGERO BIANCHI Kantor’s New Wood

GABRIELLA CARDAZZO The Day I Met Tadeusz Kantor

ROMEO CASTELLUCCI Unless I’m mistaken...

DORIT CYPIS History Lesson (an arrangement) Scale / Mirrors / Painting / Carpet / Box

HAMED TAHERI Towards the True Materialistic Theatre; Or, Tadeusz Kantor with friends

ROMANO MARTINIS WITH ALESSANDRO MONTELLO Photography Kills the Human: The theatre of Tadeusz Kantor in the photographs of Romano Martinis

Epilogue

MICHAL KOBIALKA Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre of Personal Confessions: Notes on Late Style

Notes on Contributors

Index of Names

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