March 2nd and 3rd 2-7 pm
$75 advance, $125 same day
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Elemental Grotowski”
“When I tell you not to think, I mean with the head. Of course you must think, but with the body, logically, with precision and responsibility. You must think with the whole body, by means of actions. Don’t think of the result, of how beautiful the result may be. If it grows spontaneously and organically, like live impulses, finally mastered, it will always be beautiful- far more beautiful than any amount of calculated results put together.” -Jerzy Grotowski, Towards a Poor Theater
Elemental Grotowski is a 2-day intensive designed to explore the concepts and physical exercises specific to the “Methodical Exploration” era of the Polish Laboratory Theater (1959-1970). Typically offered to actors, this work is deeply valuable training for dancers, performance artists, and artists of all mediums who wish to explore detailed use of internal imagery and the elimination of mental/physical obstacles through rigorous full-body exploration. Rooted in Grotowski’s concept of “via negativa”, this workshop will provide a strong introduction to corporeal and plastique work, culminating in the creation of group and individual lines of action.
Over the course of two five-hour sessions, participants will learn and develop exercises that prime the individual for precise exploration of their own imagery and subject matter. Working in states of trance counter balance tasks of detail and precision, bringing us into direct communion with concepts of resistance/transcendence, self/other, and disintegration of the social mask. Instructor statement from SDS: “I do not believe in a militant approach to this work. While it is physically and psycho/emotionally challenging, each participant is responsible for maintaining personal limits that will be respected by instructor and fellow participants alike. This work accepts and reveals the scope of human experience. It functions differently through each individual and therefore assumes many shapes in action.”
About the Teacher:
Stacy Dawson Stearns has been engaged with the teachings of Grotowski for over 20 years, exploring body as the convergence point of revelatory somatics, personal and shared imagery, and dramatic/historical material. This work has shaped her view of performance as an authentic encounter between artist and audience, subject matter, environment, and self that conveys the artist’s unique experience while encouraging subjectivity and intuitive response in the viewer. She received extensive Grotowski training from luminaries Steve Wangh (author of Acrobat of the Heart), Suzanne Baxtressor, Andre Gregory, and Kevin Kulkhe in the late 80’s/early 90’s, and has been innovating her own integrated approach to the work for the past 16 years while training students at MaryMount Manhattan College, NYU, and California Institute of the Arts (current faculty). A Bessie Award-winning performer, Stacy’s career spans a great deal of time and space. These links provide more information about her: https://vimeo.com/50853685