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Towards a Poor Theatre

• Jerzy Grotowski first denounces labels of his theatre as experimental, which he associates with such things as stage gimmicks, clownish acting, and contemporary music. * At the core of Grotowski's theory is the quest to find what separates theatre from any other art form, especially film and television.

• Grotowski admits his large influence in this regard is Stanislavski, and he mentions other influences, such as Meyerhold, Delsarte, and the Peking (Chinese) Opera.
• Grotowski aims not to employ his actors with "tricks" or "skills" to pull out at the right time, but seeks to break down barriers, so that the actor may give of himself fully in the act of performance.

• This is not to say actors should not depend on what Grotowski calls "artifice," which he defines as the articulation of a role through the expression of signs.

• Grotowski's theatre dispenses with the "natural" and...

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