Common elements[ edit ] Certain institutions suggest that all physical theatre genres share common characteristics, although individual performances do not need to exhibit all such characteristics to be defined as physical theatre.
Encouraging audience participation, any interaction that occurs physically throughout the course of a performance.
As such, contemporary theatre approaches including post-modern performance, devised performance, visual performance, post-dramatic performance, etc. Dance that is of a theatrical nature can also be problematic.
A dance piece may be called "physical theatre" simply because it includes elements of spoken word, character, or narrative. However, although it is theatrical and physical, it may not necessarily share anything in common with the physical theatre tradition.
Modern physical theatre[ edit ] A modern physical theatre has grown from a variety of origins. Practitioners such as Steven Berkoff and John Wright received their initial training at such institutions. Contemporary dance has also had a strong influence on what we regard as physical theatre, partly because most physical theatre requires actors to have Grotowski physical theatre certain level of physical control and flexibility.
These qualities are rarely found in those who do not have some sort of movement background. Another physical theatre tradition started with the French master Etienne Decroux father of corporeal mime.
This tradition has grown, and corporeal mime is now taught in many major theatrical schools. Daniel Steina teacher out of the lineage of Etienne Decrouxhas this to say about physical theatre: I think physical theatre is much more visceral and audiences are affected much more viscerally than intellectually.
The foundation of theatre is a live, human experience, which is different from any other form of art that I know of. Live theatre, where real human beings are standing in front of real human beings, is about the fact that we have all set aside this hour; the sharing goes in both directions.
The fact that it is a very physical, visceral form makes it a very different experience from almost anything else that we partake of in our lives. This idea became known as " Total Theatre " and Barrault advocated that no theatrical element should assume primacy over another: He viewed each element as equally important, and believed that each should be explored for their possibilities.
Artaud rejected the primacy of the text and suggested a theatre in which the proscenium arch is disposed of to have a more direct relationship with the audience. Eastern theatre traditions have influenced some practitioners who have then influenced physical theatre.
A number of Oriental traditions have a high level of physical training, and are visual masterpieces. The Japanese Noh tradition, in particular, has often been often upon. The energy and visual nature of Balinese theatre fascinated Antonin Artaud and he wrote extensively on it.
Noh has been important for many practitioners including Lecoq, who based his neutral mask on the calm mask of Noh. Alongside contemporary western practitioners, certain Japanese theatre practitioners were influenced by their own traditions.
Tadashi Suzuki drew partly on Noh and his students and collaborators have disseminated his highly physical training into the west. Besides a gradual infusion of ideas from outside the Western theatre tradition, influences have arisen from within in theatre as well starting with Konstantin Stanislavski.
Later in life, Stanislavski began to reject his own ideas of naturalism and started to pursue ideas relating to the physical body in performance. Meyerhold and Grotowski developed these ideas and began to develop actor training that included a very high level of physical training.
Peter Brook influenced and developed this work. Contemporary dance has added significantly to this mix, starting particularly with Rudolf von Laban.
Laban developed a way of looking at movement outside codified dance, and was instrumental in envisioning and creating movement not just for dancers but for actors as well.Jerzy Grotowski (yĕ´zhĬ grôtôf´skē), –99, Polish stage director and theatrical theorist.
Grotowski was founder and director of the small but influential Polish Laboratory Theatre ().
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|Jerzy Grotowski was born August 11,in Rzeszow, Poland. His father, Marion Grotowski, was a painter and sculptor; his mother, Emilia, a teacher.|
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Grotowski was founder and director of the . Exploring Physical Theatre. EXTRACT. CONTENTS PAGE INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS PHYSICAL THEATRE 3 PART 1 THE ORIGINS OF PHYSICAL THEATRE a] HISTORICAL INFLUENCES 5 Of course, major influences like Artaud, Grotowski, and Brook are given credit where appropriate, but I have not attempted to explore their .
The rest of the “rich theatre” (Grotowski, 19) elements such as lighting, make-up and costume were all unnecessary and trying to compete with the “mechanical” (Grotowski, 19) advantage of the film industry.
Poor Theatre How, Where, When Jerzy Grotowski developed 'Poor Theatre' because he thought that theatre would never compete with television, so he changed it so that it wouldn't have too, he also wanted the actor/audience relationship to become a lot more closer and intimate as well.
Poor Theatre began with Polish, Jerzy Grotowski. He developed the concept of "poor theatre", where the play and actor's technique, inherited from Stanislavski, focused on costumes, decors and lighting.
Jerry Grotowski-physical theatre practioner Jerzy Grotowski was a revolutionary in theatre because he caused a rethink of what theatre actually was and its purpose in contemporary culture. One of his central ideas was the notion of the 'poor' theatre.