Virginie Magnat

Grotowski, Woman and Contemporary Performance. Meetings with Remarkable Women

Routledge, London and New York 2013

Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies


As the first examination of women’s foremost contributions to Jerzy Grotowski’s cross-cultural investigation of performance, this book complements and broadens existing literature by offering a more diverse and inclusive re-assessment of Grotowski’s legacy, thereby probing its significance for contemporary performance practice and research. Although the particularly strenuous physical training emblematic of Grotowski’s approach is not gender specific, it has historically been associated with a masculine conception of the performer incarnated by Ryszard Cieślak in The Constant Prince, thus overlooking the work of Rena Mirecka, Maja Komorowska, and Elizabeth Albahaca, to name only the leading women performers identified with the period of theatre productions.

This book therefore redresses this imbalance by focusing on key women from different cultures and generations who share a direct connection to Grotowski’s legacy while clearly asserting their artistic independence.

These women actively participated in all phases of the Polish director’s practical research, and continue to play a vital role in today’s transnational community of artists whose work reflects Grotowski’s enduring influence. Grounding her inquiry in her embodied research and on-going collaboration with these artists, Magnat explores the interrelation of creativity, embodiment, agency, and spirituality within their performing and teaching. Building on current debates in performance studies, experimental ethnography, Indigenous research, global gender studies, and ecocriticism, the author maps out interconnections between these women’s distinct artistic practices across the boundaries that once delineated Grotowski’s theatrical and post-theatrical experiments.


  • Jerzy Grotowski, Teksty zebrane
  • Grotowski – narracje
  • Spotkania z Jerzym Grotowskim. Notatki, listy, studium
  • Polski teatr Zagłady
  • The Unwritten Grotowski. Theory and Practice of the Encounter
  • Teatro e parateatro come pratiche educative. Verso una pedagogia delle arti
  • Grotowski, Woman and Contemporary Performance. Meetings with Remarkable Women
  • Teatr w krainie utopii. Monte Verità, Mathildenhöhe, Hellerau, Goetheanum, Bauha
  • „Błędne Betlejem” Tadeusza Kantora
  • Zła pamięć. Przeciw-historia w polskim teatrze i dramacie
  • Aktor. Animator twórczych procesów
  • Dwa teatry – dwa światy. Opowieści
  • Książe. Hamlet Juliusza Osterwy
  • Raptularz kijowski
  • Wykłady o teatrze/Лекції про театр
  • Teatr i teatrologia. Podstawowe pytania
  • W labiryncie. Theodoros Terzopoulos spotyka Heinera Müllera
  • Teatr bez teatru. Performanse w Anglii Wschodniej u schyłku średniowiecza
  • Czym jest teatr?
  • L’anthropologie théâtrale selon Jerzy Grotowski
  • „Faust" J.W. Goethego na scenach polskich. Grotowski – Szajna – Jarocki
  • Ludwik Flaszen, Grotowski & Company
  • Zygmunt Molik’s Voice and Body Work: The Legacy of Jerzy Grotowski