Daly) Richard Gaffield-Knight, whose paper on Grotowski
was very helpful to me when I began to compile this archive
on Grotowski, uncovered two links between Artaud and Grotowski.
They are that Grotowski apparently took at least two classes
with Charles Dullin, Artaud's director and a statement from
Grotowski crediting one of Artaud's predecessors, S. I. Witkiewicz
with key ideas in his development as a director.
email from Richard Gaffield-Knight concerning this editor's
thoughts on Grotowski and Artaud:
comparisons are very accurate as far as I can remember.
I'm sure you've read Peter Brook's The Empty Space, "The
Holy Theatre." All I can add this morning is a PDF
containing a couple of pages from my Masters Thesis on Artaud
"Although Poland was very "closed"
when Grotowski was growing up he did get out to study in
Paris with Artaud's director Charles Dullin at least twice,
according to Raymonde Temkine, one of his biographers. So,
it would seem he was connected to Artaud through his teacher."
to this email was an extract from another of his papers
that dealt further with the connections between Grotowski's
work and Artaud:
the extract above reference is made to Grotowski's essay
"He Wasn't Entirely Himself" which is found on
page 117 of "Towards
a Poor Theatre"
in which Grotowski presents a very well informed critique
and appreciation of Artaud's work and ideas.
Information on Grotowski
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