“The essential idea of Poor Theatre is that you don’t need the riches of elaborate scenography, elaborate costume, elaborate lighting, expensive props – that the essential aspect of theatre is an actor in front of a spectator.”
Paul Allain expounds on Grotowski’s key directing principle of repetition, his idea of theatre as the ‘total act’ and the privileging always of the one-to-one relationship between performer and spectator. He discusses the essentially heterogenic nature of working with ‘source cultures’, how Grotowski saw his work as a continuation of Stanislavsky’s later ideas, and why the laboratory process of research and investigation runs as a thread through all phases of his work.
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