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Theatre is an Encounter, and Akropolis: Treatment of the Text Summary and Analysis

Theatre is an Encounter: Grotowski clarifies the role of the written text in his theatre. He wishes to avoid either extreme in translating dramatic literature to the stage. At one extreme is a mere presentation of the literature in a purely illustrative way. At the other is discarding the text entirely and reducing it through nothing with changes and improvisation. Theatre is expressed as a series of encounters or contacts between artistic souls - between the producer and actor, between the actor and spectator, between actor and actor. In this context, the goal of theatre in respect to text is to give life to the inanimate text, to transform them and use them in service of the "encounter," to find the universal truth...

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