Kris Salata

The Unwritten Grotowski. Theory and Practice of the Encounter

Routledge, London and New York 2013

Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

This book gives a new view on the legacy of Jerzy Grotowski (1933–1999), one of the central, and yet misunderstood, figures who shaped 20th-century theatre, focusing on his least known last phase of work on ancient songs and the craft of the performer. Salata posits Grotowski’s work as philosophical practice, and more particularly, as practical research in the phenomenology of being, arguing that Grotowski’s departure from theatrical productions (and thus critical consideration) resulted from his uncompromising pursuit of one central problem, „What does it mean to reveal oneself?” — the very question that drove his stage directing work. The book demonstrates that the answer led him through the path of gradually stripping the theatrical phenomenon down to its most elemental aspect, which shows itself through the craft of the performer as a non-representational event. This particular quality released at the heights of the art of the performer is referred to as aliveness, or true liveness in this study in order to shift scholarly focus onto something that has always fascinated great theatre practitioners, including Stanislavski and Grotowski, and of which academic scholarship has limited grasp. Salata’s theoretical analysis of aliveness reaches out to phenomenology and a broad range of post-structural philosophy and critical theory, through which Grotowski’s project is portrayed as philosophical practice.


  • 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