Towards a Poor Theatre - Skara Speech Summary & Analysis

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Skara Speech Summary and Analysis

This is the text of a speech Jerzy Grotowski made a the Skara Drama School in Sweden in 1966. He is directly addressing acting students and giving them advice. He advises the students first not to seek "ready-made" methods, which lead to cliches. For every action, find an association, not an intellectual one, but one perhaps from the body to memory. Memories usually involve physical reactions. Seek contact in your performance, with another actor or with the spectator, as it will shape your actions in a truthful manner.

The entire body is a system of resonators, and voice exercises merely intend to widen the possibilities of the voice. Learn to speak with various portions of your body, and never listen to yourself, as this will inhibit the resonators.

Next Grotowski advises actors to not depend on make-up for their transformation...

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