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Title: In search of the performer's way : the work of Jerzy Grotowski from the perspective of Daoism
Author: Song, Jong Hyuk
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 3213
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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The work of Jerzy Grotowski is investigated within the perspective of Daoism as it is discoursed in the classical Chinese text, Dao De Jing. In identifying its connection with the intellectual achievements of Grotowski's contemporary Europe, i.e., Niels Bohr's principle of complementarity in quantum physics and Jacques Derrida's notion of différance in deconstructionism, Daoism provides an illuminating framework for comprehending Grotowski's praxis. The philosophical notions of Daoism may be seen as underpinning Grotowski's two most important principles, conjunctio oppositorum (conjunction of opposites) and via negativa (way of negation), whose implication can be encapsulated as the interaction of opposite pairs in the unceasing process. With these principles, the actors of the Theatre Laboratory accomplished the 'total act', an act of the body-text that embraces both one's self and one's cultural heritage, in the Poor Theatre in which novel actor/spectator relationships were also tested. In his post-theatrical work, Grotowski deepened his investigations of the performer's body, which was finally identified as the body of essence of 'the doer'. Grotowski's lifetime research, in short, involved a persistent process of searching for the genuine body of the performer, which is clearly comprehended in the Daoist perspective that the world exists in the constant process of interplay between the fundamental pair of opposites, being (有, yǒu) and nonbeing (無, wú).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral