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Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999)

Jerzy Marian Grotowski
– born on 11th August, 1933 in Rzeszow as the second son of Marian and Emilia Kozlowska; his brother Kazimierz later became a professor of theoretical physics at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Studies acting in Krakow and Moscow; in Spring 1956 he travels to Central Asia

1956–1959 Studies directing in Krakow; engages in the politics of 1956 in Poland

1959–1960 Together with Ludwik Flaszen takes over Theatre of 13 Rows in Opole, where he directs works by Cocteau, Byron, Mayakovsky and Kalidasa

1961–1964 Directs Forefathers’ Eve after Adam Mickiewicz (1961), Kordian after Juliusz Slowacki (1962), Akropolis after Stanislaw Wyspianski (1962), Dr Faustus after Christopher Marlowe (1963), Hamlet Study after Wyspianski (1964); visits China; appends the name of the theatre with “Laboratory” (1962)

1965 Moves with his theatre group to Wroclaw and premieres The Constant Prince by Calderon-Slowacki, with Ryszard Cieslak playing the title role

1966 First tour abroad to Scandinavia, and great success with The Constant Prince at the 10th Festival of the Theatre of Nations in Paris; at the invitation of Peter Brook, Grotowski and Cieslak lead practical work sessions for the Royal Shakespeare Company

1967 Presentations at the BITEF in Belgrade (Yugoslavia); Grotowski named Professor of the École Nationale Superieure in Aix-en-Provence

1968 Premiere of Apocalypsis cum Figuris; first edition of Towards a Poor Theatre edited by Eugenio Barba

1969 Great success with Akropolis, The Constant Prince and Apocalypsis in the USA