As I start writing this blog, my predominant emotion is curiosity.  I'm wondering how you feel as you begin reading it.  Specifically, I'm curious how you feel about Grotowski.  He has always been a divisive figure in the world of theatre and performance, from his first days in the international spotlight in the early 1960's.  He seems to invoke either adulation, or outright rejection.  Richard Shechner famously called him "shape-shifter, shaman, trickster, artist, adept, director, leader".  If you would like to satisfy my curiosity, and tell me how you feel about Grotowski, I have outlined ways of doing that further on.

At the beginning of the build-up of his international reputation, Grotowski was still a youthful director, just 30 years old.  He was bursting with ideas that challenged mainstream theatre and mainstream culture, and he was desperately trying to keep afloat a small experimental theatre company, in a small parochial …