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Symposium with Richard Gough, Helen Gethin, Monika Blige, Nicola Savarese, Dariusz Kosiński, Jarosław Fret, Duncan Jamieson, and Adela Karsznia

 10 September 2014


10.30–11.45 a.m.

Richard Gough with strategic interventions
Great Reckonings in Little Rooms

10.30–11.45 a.m.

Nicola Savares 
Outside the Box
How the Laboratory Theatre Practitioner Thinks

11.45 a.m.–12 p.m.

Coffee/Tea break

12–1.45 p.m.

Jarosław Fret
Witnessing Actions 
Ways and Means of Engaging the Audience in Laboratory Theatres

1.15–2.30 p.m.


2.30–3.45 p.m.

Dariusz Kosiński 
React & Response 
The Role of the Scribe and the Scholar in the Laboratory Theatre

3.45–4 p.m.

Coffee/Tea break

4–5.15 p.m.

Monika Blige, Duncan Jamieson, Adela Karsznia, Richard Gough, and Helen Gethin

Amplification & Reverberation

Endeavour beyond the Studio – Publications, Journals, Archives and Projects; The Expanded Field of the Laboratory Theatre

5.15–6.30 p.m.

Open Discussion
Certainties & Perplexities 
Chair: Richard Gough 

 6.30–7.30 p.m.  Wine reception with Conversations
 8 p.m.  Dinner for Delegates and Guests


Monika Blige has an MA in Polish Studies from the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznań, Poland. From 2001 to 2005 she was involved with the Węgajty Theatre’s Fieldwork Project. In 2004 she started a PhD at the AMU’s Drama and Theatre Department, focusing on the life and work of Ludwik Flaszen. In 2005 she began working at the Grotowski Centre in Wrocław, which was then renamed the Grotowski Institute. Since 2005 she has been in charge of Grotowski Institute Publishing, where she has also worked as a Technical Editor. With Paul Allain, she co-edited Ludwik Flaszen’s book Grotowski & Company (Icarus Publishing Enterprise, 2010). In 2013 she was appointed the Grotowski Institute’s Deputy Director for Programming.

Jarosław Fret is a founder and leader of Teatr ZAR, Theatre Director and actor; director of the Grotowski Institute; lecturer of the Ludwik Solski State Theatre School, Filia in Wrocław, and curator of the theatre programme of Wrocław: European Capital of Culture 2016. In 1999–2002 he carried out a series of expeditions to Georgia, Armenia, and Iran, conducting research into the oldest forms of religious music of Eastern Christianity. In the following years together with members of Teatr ZAR he organized expeditions to Athos mountain in Greece, Sardinia, Corsica, Armenia, Turkey, and Izrael. He lectures and leadswork sessions in Poland and internationally. He is originator and coordinator of numerous Polish and international projectswithin the Grotowski Institute, including the UNESCO-declared GrotowskiYear 2009, the “Masters in Residence” programme and the InternationalTheatre Festival “The World as a Place of Truth.”

Helen Gethin has worked as Administrative Director for the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) for ten years. Her role has involved the management of the organization and its various international projects, including conferences, festivals, performances, training events, publishing, the bookshop and Resource Center. Prior to moving to Aberystwyth to work with CPR, she lived in London. After a degree in European Studies (German) at Queen Mary College, University of London, she gained a diploma in Theatre Studies and Stagecraft and worked with various small theatre companies before spending nearly ten years with Quicksilver Theatre, a company producing and touring new theatre for young people.

Richard Gough is Artistic Director of the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) - a multi-faceted theatre organisation based in Wales that works internationally. He is General Editor of Performance Research (published bi-monthly by Routledge), Performance Books and Black Mountain Press (imprints of CPR). He is Professor of Performance Research at Falmouth University and Emeritus Professor of Aberystwyth University. He was founding President (1997-2001) of Performance Studies international (PSi). He has curated and organized numerous international theatre projects including conferences, summer schools and workshop festivals, and he has produced nationwide tours of experimental theatre and traditional dance/theatre ensembles from around the world. He has directed over seventy productions, many of which have toured Europe, and he has lectured and led workshops throughout Europe and Australasia and in China, Japan, USA, Philippines, Colombia and Brazil. 

Duncan Jamieson is an independent Researcher, Web Developer, Translator, and co-editor of Polish Theatre Perspectives (PTP, 2014). He has taught at the University of Exeter (2006-9), been a resident scholar at the Grotowski Institute (2008-11), and in 2012 co-founded TAPAC: Theatre and Performance Across Cultures, a nonprofit initiative focused on building multilingual digital and publishing capacity in the field. Recently he has been developing a cross-cultural community platform – Culture Hub, currently in beta – which provides a range of networking, translation, and content-sharing tools for use by practitioners, researchers, students, and organizations.

Adela Karsznia received her PhD in Theatre from the University of Wrocław, and professional diplomas in Translation (UNESCO centre for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication) and in Cultural Management (Association Marcel Hicter/Polish National Centre for Culture). She is a former Head Archivist and International Publishing Coordinator at the Grotowski Institute, and is co-editor of Polish Theatre Perspectives (PTP), a peer-reviewed scholarly and artistic resource that investigates Polish theatre cultures – past and present – and brings them into dialogue with other world traditions of critical and creative practice. Since 2012, she has served as co-director of the nonprofit organization TAPAC: Theatre and Performance Across Cultures, and of Culture Hub, a new digital platform for multilingual exchange in the arts.

Dariusz Kosiński is Professor at the Performance Studies Department of the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. His main publications are: Polski teatr przemiany (“Polish Theatre of Transformation,” 2007), Grotowski. Przewodnik (“Grotowski. The Guide,” 2009), Teatra polskie. Historie (“Polish Theatres. The Histories,” 2010; German translation “Polnisches Theater. Eine Geschichte in Szenen,” Theater der Zeit, Berlin 2011). In 2010–2013 he was the Research Director of the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. He was a member of the editorial board of collected texts of Jerzy Grotowski, published in Polish in 2012. From February 2014 he is the Research Director of the Theatre Institute in Warsaw.

Nicola Savarese, born in Rome in 1945, is one of the founders of ISTA, the International School of Theatre Anthropology, and a member of its scientific staff. He is editor of the journal "Teatro e storia." His studies deal with the complex dynamics of the meetings between Asian and western theatres. He as travelled widely in Asia and particularly in Japan, where he lived for two years. On the relationship between Asian and Westen theatres he has published, among many other works Theatre and Performance Beyond the Sea (1980), Paris/Artaud/Bali (1997), in collaboration with Eugenio Barba The Secret Art of the Performer (1997), and Eurasian Theatre (2010) the first book which describes in depth the historical relationships between Western and Asian theatres from classical antiquity to the present day. His research directed at the classic Roman theatre, and in particular at the body techniques of ancient pantomimes, has resulted in an exhibition inside the Colosseum in Rome (In Scaena Catalogue, Rome 2007). He has been full professor at several universities, and ended his career at the University of Roma Tre.

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