Jerzy Grotowski
(© Andrzej Paluchiewicz, courtesy Polish Cultural Institute)
Jerzy Grotowski
(© Andrzej Paluchiewicz, courtesy Polish Cultural Institute)
A city-wide festival celebrating the work of influential Polish director Jerzy Grotowski, entitled Tracing Grotowski's Path: Year of Grotowski in New York, will run February 6-July 13. Richard Schechner will curate the events.

The festival will include a variety of lectures, panels, films, and workshops organized by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Performance Studies Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition, events will also be held at the Martin E. Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, Judson Memorial Church, La MaMa E.T.C., Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Lincoln Center Festival.

The festival will kick off at NYU's Cantor Film Center, February 6, at 7:30 pm, with a screening of a film on Grotowski and a panel discussion moderated by Schechner entitled The Theatre of Thirteen Rows (1959) and The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw (2009).

Grotowski is best known for authoring Towards a Poor Theatre, and his directing and performance theory work aimed at changing the audience/actor relationship. The festival will also look at his later paratheatrical work and other phases in Grotowski's career.

For more information and full schedule of events, visit www.PolishCulture-NYC.org.