By Thomas Richards
`I reflect on this ebook a necessary record that allows one to assimilate a few of these basic and easy rules which the self-taught now and then come to understand, but merely after years of groping and blunders. The publication furnishes information about discoveries which the actor can comprehend in perform, with no need to begin at any time when from 0. Thomas Richards has labored with me systematically seeing that 1985. at the present time he's my crucial collaborator within the examine devoted to paintings as Vehicle.' - from the Preface through Jerzy Grotowski
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He said he sensed physically that this memory lay somewhere behind him; in this moment it was for him in some precise place a few feet behind his head. This seemed very important: the memory was precisely located in the space; and almost imperceptibly, but clearly, his body arched toward this place. He enacted all of these physical details with the intent of recalling some forgotten fact, and we saw someone on the verge of remembering something. 30 In this demonstration, what was the physical action?
From one day to the next that flower could be gone. In the traditional way of development, you should already have in hand the “flower of mastery” by the time the “flower of youth” dies. ” In the year I worked in New York as an actor—in that short year—I had started to become old. At the time, this I could not see.
First: what I understood as the story of the “mystery play” and what the others who were watching understood, might be two different things. I naively assumed they would understand the same thing as I, that the stick was my father, for example. I thought they would see the story of a boy’s traumatic separation from his father, a complex story, rich in meaning to me. But it did not reach them at all. They just saw me sing a song in a forced way, pump an emotional experience, execute an unarticulated dance with a stick, and then stand the stick in a pile of rocks.
At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions by Thomas Richards