Workshop with Przemysław Błaszczak

Forgetting the Body

Monday May 25
Festival Central, Building A

12:00pm – 4:00pm
Workshop

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Conversation and Dinner

6:00pm - 7:30pm
Documentary Film
The Witness Trilogy:
Voices from the Lake


Workshop Cost: $100

Hosted by Przemysław Błaszczak

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Social norms, conventions, etiquette and rules create an environment that shapes our physicality and relation to the body – that is, our “body view”. The way we walk, run, dance, touch ourselves and each other is culturally determined but so deeply ingrained that we readily identify with it and say “this is the way I am”. We don’t remember or seem not to remember that from birth we are exposed to intense training that never really ends, and our behaviour is a way of conforming to the prevailing norms.

The aim of the workshop is to make us forget the body as we know it, and make us listen to it in the here and now, in relation to ourselves, the surrounding space, our partners and group. By focusing on solo and partner training we discover new modes of perception, communication and improvisation that brings together, in a creative process, co-action, co-creation and co-existence.

ARTIST BIOS

Przemysław Błaszczak - an actor; he has been associated with the Grotowski Institute since 1995. He studied philosophy at the Wrocław University. From 1996 to 1999 he worked with Song of the Goat Theatre, where he performed in Dithyramb. In 2002–2003 he created a solo performance, Ecce Homo. Since 2004, he has been an actor with Teatr ZAR; he performs in Gospels of Childhood. The Triptych and in Armine, Sister performance. Starting from 2012 he collaborates with Theodoros Terzopoulos and performs in Heiner Müller’s Mauser directed by the Greek director. Since 2005, he has studied the Japanese martial art of aikido under sensei Piotr Masztalerz (5th Dan). In 2011 he studied under Juba Nour Shihan (6th Dan) in Baja California, Mexico. He is currently training to become an aikido teacher. In 2005 he was in Japan, invited by Toshi Tsushitori, practicing shintaido, a Japanese system that integrates voice and body through training based on traditional Japanese karate.

he has been associated with the Grotowski Institute since 1995. He studied philosophy at the Wrocław University. From 1996 to 1999 he worked with Song of the Goat Theatre, where he performed in Dithyramb. In 2002–2003 he created a solo performance, Ecce Homo. Since 2004, he has been an actor with Teatr ZAR, he performs in Gospels of Childhood. The Triptych and in Armine, Sister performance. Starting from 2012 he collaborates with Theodoros Terzopoulos and performs in Heiner Müller’s Mauser directed by the Greek director. Since 2005, he has studied the Japanese martial art of aikido under sensei Piotr Masztalerz (5th Dan). In 2011 he studied under Juba Nour Shihan (6th Dan) in Baja California, Mexico. He is currently training to become an aikido teacher. In 2005 he was in Japan, invited by Toshi Tsushitori, practicing shintaido, a Japanese system that integrates voice and body through training based on traditional Japanese karate.

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