Gardzienice: Polish Theatre in Transition

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Gardzienice: Polish Theatre in Transition

by Paul Allain

Routledge | December 1, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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In 1977, the Gardzienice Theatre Association, an experimental theatre company was founded in a tiny Polish village. By 1992 The Observer was hailing "Brilliant Gardzienice...and orgy of joy, anguish, prayer and lamentation performed in candlelight with hurtling energy and at breakneck speed...Physically reckless, thrillingly well sung...On no account to be missed. " Today the Gardzienice Theatre Association is hailed as Poland''s leading theatre group, training Royal Shakespeare Company actors and touring the world. Paul Allain describes and analyses their sung performances, strenuous physical and vocal training, and anthropological fieldwork amongst marginalized European minorities.
This is one of the first detailed attempts to assess developments in Polish experimental theatres since 1989. The author questions whether those artists can maintain their vision in the face of Poland''s economic difficulties and increased commercialization of the arts.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 196 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.6 in

Published: December 1, 1997

Publisher: Routledge

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 9057021064

ISBN - 13: 9789057021060

Found in: Continental European, Continental European

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Gardzienice: Polish Theatre in Transition

by Paul Allain

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 196 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.6 in

Published: December 1, 1997

Publisher: Routledge

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 9057021064

ISBN - 13: 9789057021060

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In 1977, the Gardzienice Theatre Association, an experimental theatre company was founded in a tiny Polish village. By 1992 The Observer was hailing Brilliant Gardzienice...and orgy of joy, anguish, prayer and lamentation performed in candlelight with hurtling energy and at breakneck speed...Physically reckless, thrillingly well sung...On no account to be missed. Today the Gardzienice Theatre Association is hailed as Poland's leading theatre group, training Royal Shakespeare Company actors and touring the world. Paul Allain describes and analyses their sung performances, strenuous physical and vocal training, and anthropological fieldwork amongst marginalized European minorities.
This is one of the first detailed attempts to assess developments in Polish experimental theatres since 1989. The author questions whether those artists can maintain their vision in the face of Poland's economic difficulties and increased commercialization of the arts.

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In 1977, the Gardzienice Theatre Association, an experimental theatre company was founded in a tiny Polish village. By 1992 The Observer was hailing "Brilliant Gardzienice...and orgy of joy, anguish, prayer and lamentation performed in candlelight with hurtling energy and at breakneck speed...Physically reckless, thrillingly well sung...On no account to be missed. " Today the Gardzienice Theatre Association is hailed as Poland''s leading theatre group, training Royal Shakespeare Company actors and touring the world. Paul Allain describes and analyses their sung performances, strenuous physical and vocal training, and anthropological fieldwork amongst marginalized European minorities.
This is one of the first detailed attempts to assess developments in Polish experimental theatres since 1989. The author questions whether those artists can maintain their vision in the face of Poland''s economic difficulties and increased commercialization of the arts.

About the Author

Paul Allainis a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London. As a movement director he has collaborated with Katie Mitchell for many years and has trained actors at the Royal Shakespeare and Royal National Theatre companies for productions includingThe Dybbuk, Ghosts, Rutherford and Sons, The Machine-WreckersandHenry IV Part 3.His own company,Bodywork, had its première at Sadler''s Wells'' Mosaics Festival in 1996. Dr Allain is co-editor with Professor Vera Gottlieb of the forthcomingCambridge Companion to Chekhov.
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