The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor
History and Holocaust in ‘Akropolis’ and ‘Dead Class’
CollectionKnowledge Unlatched (KU)
Despite its international influence, Polish theatre remains a mystery to many Westerners. This volume attempts to fill in current gaps in English-language scholarship by offering a historical and critical analysis of two of the most influential works of Polish theatre: Jerzy Grotowski’s ‘Akropolis’ and Tadeusz Kantor’s ‘Dead Class’. By examining each director’s representation of Auschwitz, this study provides a new understanding of how translating national trauma through the prism of performance can alter and deflect the meaning and reception of theatrical works, both inside and outside of their cultural and historical contexts.
KeywordsPerforming Arts; Theater; History & Criticism
Publication date and place2012