Interview: Wlodzimierz Staniewski

Wlodzimierz StaniewskiWlodzimierz Staniewski is the founder and artistic director of Center for Practices “Gardzienice”, one of the world’s most prominent theatre companies. Based in the village of Gardzienice, on the eastern border of Poland, for almost thirty years Staniewski and his company have created some of the most significant productions of our time. In addition to their performances at hundreds of festivals all around the world, Staniewski has led cultural expeditions to “hidden territories,” initiated a training Academy, and developed international projects for the integration and exploration of cultural life.

Staniewski sat down in our studio to talk about his recent theatrical creations based on ancient Greek literature, music, and visual art: the relation between indigenous and ancient cultures; inspiration from ancient art’s physicality; his process as theatre archeology; and the need to recognize history in ourselves.

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4 Responses to “Interview: Wlodzimierz Staniewski”

  1. Alison Hodge
    May 7th, 2006 17:15
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    In your interview, Staniewski stresses the importance of intimacy in his rehearsal process. In the book that I published with Staniewski (Hidden Territories:the Theatre of Gardzienice)we discussed how the intimacy of rehearsal is translated into performance via what he calls ‘the closeness effect’ - keeping the audience within ‘touching distance’ of each performance.
    I think it is worth stressing the importance of this idea in Gardzienice’s theatre in relation to the senses and in particular, in relation to sound. Gardzienice theatre is a song theatre and what the audience hears is a vital aspect of the work.
    In recent neuro-biological research it has been shown that physical vibrations which result in sound sensations are a variation on touching - they change our bodies directly and deeply. In experiencing the impact of Gardzienice’s performances it is possible to understand and experience how sound penetrates the audience through an intimate and direct contact with each performance.

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    [...] The fantasy of bringing back the immediacy and natural flow between what happens on stage and what takes place in the audience is now not only within our reach (listen to Staniewski act on this ideal), but could be the driving force for increasing audiences and making art better. [...]

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    [...] by Wlodzimierz Staniewski, the company is currently under government evaluation. As part of this process, Poland’s Minister [...]

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    [...] artists, including those whose work is devoted to building peace, who try to capture the spirit of ancient culture, and who overcome incredible obstacles to create, to name just three [...]

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