Timeline of Jerzy Grotowski’s life and creative work

1965

2 January 1965

Place: Wrocław

The Company of the Theatre Laboratory of 13 Rows transfers to Wrocław, at the same time changing its name to the Laboratory Theatre of 13 Rows – Institute for the Studies of the Method of Acting [Instytut Badań Metody Aktorskiej].

9 January 1965

Place: Wrocław

A building at Rynek-Ratusz 27, behind the town hall on the city’s main square, becomes the Theatre’s home.

10 January 1965

Place: Wrocław

A performance of Akropolis for Wrocław students.

16 January 1965

Place: Wrocław

A performance of Akropolis officially inaugurates the activities of the Laboratory Theatre of 13 Rows in its new building.

20 April 1965

Place: Wrocław

Closed premiere of The Constant Prince.

25 April 1965

Place: Wrocław

Official premiere of The Constant Prince.

26 April – 3 May 1965

Place: Nancy

Grotowski, as a member of the jury and Honorary Committee, attends the Second World Festival of Student Theatres.

2–3 May 1965

Place: Nancy, France

As part of the Second World Festival of Student Theatres a seminar is organised involving Jerzy Grotowski and titled ‘Praca), accompanied by a demonstration of exercises by Rena Mirecka and Ryszard Cieślak.

12 May 1965

Place: Wrocław

Press premiere of The Constant Prince.

25 May – 5 June 1965

Place: Padua, Milan, Rome

Grotowski and Cieślak lead courses and lectures on the subject of the Laboratory Theatre of 13 Rows’ method.

18 June 1965

Place: Kłodzko

A performance of Akropolis at Powiatowy Dom Kultury (the Regional House of Culture) as part of the fourth Kłodzka Wiosna Poetycka (Kłodzko’s poetic spring festival).

3 August 1965

Place: London

A meeting with Jerzy Grotowski, invited to London by Peter Brook, accompanied by a screening of Michael Elster’s documentary film about the Laboratory Theatre.

31 August 1965

Place: Wrocław

Andrzej Bielski leaves the company at the end of the season.

1 September 1965

Place: Wrocław

With the start of the 1965/66 season, a further name change is implemented, with the company becoming Instytut Badań Metody Aktorskiej – Teatr Laboratorium (Institute for the Studies of the Method of Acting – Laboratory Theatre). Zygmunt Molik leaves the group, moving to Kraków’s Teatr Rozmaitości.

1–4 October 1965

Place: Łódź

Guest performances of The Constant Prince at the ‘Pałacyk’ ZMS.

7–10 October 1965

Place: Gdańsk

Guest performances of The Constant Prince at Żak Student Club.

14 November 1965

Place: Wrocław

Premiere of the second version of The Constant Prince with Stanisław Scierski, who replaces Gaston Kulig in the role of Prince Enrique.

15 November 1965

Place: Wrocław

In a meeting of the Primary Party Organisation of the Laboratory Theatre, Antoni Jahołkowski is selected as its new secretary.