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Awareness. Ten Days with Grotowski
Masterclass with Gabriele Vacis

Sat 9 May 2015, 18:00
Laboratory Theatre Space  
Admission free
In Italian with consecutive Polish translation

In 1991 Grotowski gave ten lectures in Turin, during which he talked about theatre and told his story. The audience consisted mainly of actors, directors, students and teachers, but I think that anyone, whatever he did in life, could have learnt something. We organised that lectures with Teatro Laboratorio Settimo together with the University of Turin and Teatro Stabile. During the two weeks of Grotowski’s stay I had the opportunity to take care of him and his lectures. He spoke French during the work, with short sentences translated into Italian by his assistant, Carla Pollastrelli. Thanks to that slowness of this speech, I could take notes which are almost a transcript of his lessons. I would like to tell you about these ten lessons, about these two weeks in Turin, based on my notes. Those who knew Grotowski know he was really jealous of his thought. He was very insistent about fidelity and precision. He could not stand when someone spoke on his behalf. For this reason I wish to clarify that in no way do I want to interpret Grotowski’s thought. I will only say what I understood from his lessons: the story of the meeting with an extraordinary man, with a master.

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Gabriele Vacis is a director and theatre, television, radio and film artist. He promoted and directed a number of festivals, including Torino Spiritualità. He is one the founders of Laboratorio Teatro Settimo, a director with Teatro Stabile in Turin and manager of Teatro Regionale Alessandrino. Vacis has led acting and direction courses in the Paolo Grassi Drama School in Milan. He published Il racconto del Vajont and won three Television Oscar Prizes in 1997. He directed a number of big events, including the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Turin. His film Uno scampolo di paradiso won the Jury Prize at the Annecy Festival. He is currently artistic director of I Teatri in Reggio Emilia.

Lecture as part of the Open University of Research