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The Gender of the Performer
The Gender of the Performer

Author(s): Weronika Szczawińska, Agata Adamiecka-Sitek
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: Jerzy Grotowski; The Constant Prince; Gender; Richard Schechner; Performer; Exhibition; Zachęta

Summary/Abstract: A critical analysis of the issue of gender relations in the theater and writings of Jerzy Grotowski. The authors put forward the thesis that this artist aimed to universalize the male experience and the exclusion of women. They cite a text by Richard Schechner, who openly wrote of Grotowski’s sexism, and then recall the Performer exhibition at Zachęta, where fragments of Grotowski’s filmed plays were juxtaposed with bits of contemporary performances. In the key part of the text, the authors perform a gender analysis of a description of The Constant Prince, thus proving the text’s basic thesis.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1 English
  • Page Range: 48-55
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English