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Performer/Warrior. Research and educational series

  • When

    26.05.2023 - 28.05.2023

  • Where

    Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego (ul. Rynek-Ratusz 27 50-101 Wrocław)

  • Language

    surtitled in english / Polish

The research and educational series Performer/Warrior concludes the research that I conducted in 2022 as part of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship called ACTOR-WARRIOR: A Research and Education Project. As part of it I will want to share the results of my research and, together with the participants, ask myself new questions and look for new challenges. The space of exploration between the path of the Performer, especially in the perspective set by Jerzy Grotowski in his text Performer, and the practice of aikido, which in my opinion is unique among all martial arts, offers an enormously inspiring field for research on the essence of action and the actor himself/herself.

The research and educational series Performer/Warrior concludes the research that I conducted in 2022 as part of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship called ACTOR-WARRIOR: A Research and Education Project. As part of it I will want to share the results of my research and, together with the participants, ask myself new questions and look for new challenges. The space of exploration between the path of the Performer, especially in the perspective set by Jerzy Grotowski in his text Performer, and the practice of aikido, which in my opinion is unique among all martial arts, offers an enormously inspiring field for research on the essence of action and the actor himself/herself.

In a series of five sessions, we will deal with:

  1. Contact in aikido and work with a partner. Basics of aikido training and individual and partner training of the performer.
  2. The internal aspect of martial arts training. Awareness, observation, work on structures. The role of breath in the process of conscious recognition of the inner aspect of the performer’s training.
  3. The internal and external nature of actions. The role of structures in individual, partner and group improvisation. Voice as sounding breath. The body as a global resonator. External movement as a manifestation of internal action.
  4. Psychophysical provocation as a way to deconstruct a text. Breathing, action, partner and their role in the process of text decomposition and deconstruction. The physicality of the text. Word as action. Provoked intensity at the level of physical actions and vocal actions.
  5. Broadening awareness, presence and attention. Multilayer character and composition of the performative action. Structure of actions as a path to the freedom of the performer. Organicity as a result of training. The vertical aspect of the performer and warrior training.

It is possible to participate in a single or several session.

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