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Two Paths Studio

Training session with Przemysław Błaszczak

Sat–Sun 2–3 April 2016, 17:00–19:00
Na Grobli Studio, Studio Space
One-day training sessions

The workshop will be conducted in English

Contact and application

Please email your completed application form by 20 March 2016 to Justyna Rodzińska-Nair at Please include in the subject of the email ‘BodyConstitution workshops’ followed by the name of the chosen workshop. The number of places is limited. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Admission free, advance booking required

In the Two Paths Studio we seek to explore movement traditions associated with different martial arts. We’ve always had an intuition that the beautiful and live dimensions of martial arts may offer something fresh, new and nourishing for actors, dancers and performers. Many traditions – two paths. The path of aikido has grown out of our research into this tradition. I want to share our work in progress.
Przemysław Błaszczak

The training session will be physically demanding. Participants don’t need to be very fit and strong, but open, focused and committed. Participants should wear comfortable clothing: tracksuit/loose bottoms, short-sleeved shirts. We train barefoot.

The session will serve as a perfect introduction and invitation to our work demonstration.

Przemysław Błaszczak is an actor who has been associated with the Grotowski Institute since 1995. From 1996 to 1999 he worked with Song of the Goat Theatre, where he performed in Song of the Goat – Dithyramb. Between 2002 and 2003 he created the solo performance Ecco Homo. Since 2004, he has been an actor with Teatr ZAR, led by Jarosław Fret, the resident theatre company of the Grotowski Institute. Przemek performs in the Gospels of Childhood: Overture and Anhelli: The Calling. He is currently involved in the creation of Teatr ZAR’s new performance, Armine, Sister. In 2012 he performed in the premiere of Heiner Müller’s Mauser directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos. Since 2005, Przemek has studied the Japanese martial art of aikido under Sensei Piotr Masztalerz (5th dan). In 2011 he studied under Juba Nour Shihan (6th dan) in Baja California, Mexico. He is currently training to become an aikido teacher. In 2005 he went to Japan, invited by Toshi Tushitori, where he practiced shintaido, a Japanese system that integrates voice and body through training based on traditional Japanese karate. He leads the Two Paths Studio, which runs as part of the BodyConstitution research programme of the Grotowski Institute.

Two Paths Studio seeks to develop a training which centres around the ideas of confrontation and in-depth understanding of the function of training in studio work, drawing on the martial arts experience of the Studio leaders, Przemysław Błaszczak (aikido) and Jakub Gontarski (capoeira). The first stage of Studio’s work focused on ‘two paths’ – two different movement traditions, Japanese and Brazilian, attempting to find a common territory that a performer, or ‘practitioner’, can draw from. Source techniques were to provide an impulse to build a broad set of movement skills and to widen the spectrum of psychophysical abilities. In-depth examination of the relations between aikido and capoeira, including of the training models proposed by the leaders, and inspirations from the searches of other Studio members (Karolina Brzęk, Agnieszka Rybak, Tomáš Wortner) opened a new stage of work. It was vital to focus on one chosen path to achieve better communication with the chosen tradition and more lucid transmission into performative actions. The current work of the Studio – smaller-scale research efforts undertaken by Studio members – revolves around the two core, independently pursued paths.

As part of BodyConstitution, practical seminar