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  • DVD 1 + 1 = 0 UNE TRÈS COURTE LEÇON de Tadeusz Kantor
  • Author : Realisation of the film : Marie Vayssière et Stéphane Nota
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The film looks back on precious traces of a unique theatrical adventure: a training workshop held by the great Polish scenic director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990),
a workshop that took place from August 16 to September 10, 1988, at the Institut International de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières, France.

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Context

Margareta Niculescu, who directed the Institut International de la Marionnette and founded the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in 1987, oriented the school's policy out of a profound conviction: the only way to teach or to pass on theatre is to put young people in contact with masters, allowing them to see first-hand great artists in the process of creating their work. Her unreserved admiration for the theatrical and visual work of Tadeusz Kantor encouraged her to get the Master to accept ,leading a workshop in the Institut.

And so it was that from August 16 to September 10, 1988, the Institut International de la Marionnette welcomed Tadeusz Kantor. This inestimable time of sharing was to lead to the creation of what Kantor called a Cricotage (a play on words with the name of Kantor's theatrical company: Cricot 2), designating a very short performance, a study.

"A very short lesson" was performed only one time for a few number of privileged people on September 10, 1988, in Charleville-Mézières.

Very fortunately, a photographer was present for the entire period. A video team requested by the Institut International de la Marionnette recorded part of the workshop as well as the final performance. These video images were filmed during the last part of the workshop.

At the same time, Marie Vayssière, one of the twenty participants, kept a journal or a kind of logbook during the four weeks of this encounter, in which, day by day and in a very detailed manner, she took down all of Tadeusz Kantor's directions and thoughts throughout the construction of the performance. She also noted down her own questions as a participant of this workshop, and the answers or clarifications provided by Kantor.

A vast iconographic documentation, covering the entire work period (drawings and writings by Tadeusz Kantor), contributes added enrichment to the film, thanks to the archives of Cricoteka, the art of Tadeusz Kantor documentation centre in Cracow.

 


Authors' note

The film looks back on precious traces of a unique theatrical adventure: a training workshop held by the great Polish scenic director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990), a workshop that took place from August 16 to September 10, 1988, at the Institut International de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières, France.
Tadeusz Kantor led the four-week course with approximately twenty French and foreign participants, for the most part actors and puppeteers.
Kantor immediately oriented his workshop towards the construction of a short performance, a study he would entitle: "A very short lesson".
He instituted a kind of back and forth movement of exchange between himself and the participants.

It is this fermentation, with its evolutions and alternations, which is closely focussed on here. In this sense, it can be said that this film retraces above all the story of a master at work.

Iconographic archives and videos as well as workbook notes taken by one of the participants, Marie Vayssière, collected roughly twenty years after the workshop, help us to understand better how, through this workshop, Tadeusz Kantor was able to pass on his concept of theatre.

Is it possible to pass on the radicalism and risk-taking that were so dear and particular to Kantor? Did the strength and intensity of the time shared with Tadeusz Kantor have to do with teaching?

Through this document Kantor reveals a way of thinking and designs wider perspectives concerning the aesthetics and the ethics of the trade, perspectives rooted in the history of today's theatre.

 

We wish to thank for the realisation of this documentary
The Cricoteka, Centre for the documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor / Cracow
Natalia Zarzecka, director
Anna Halczak, director of Cricoteka archives
Bogdan Renczynski, Cricoteka 's exhibitions manager

Particular thanks to
Tomasz Dobrowolski
Janusz Jarecki
Maria Stangret Kantor
Dorota Krakowska
Marcel Rodriguez et Métis Film
Ludmila Ryba
Marie-Thérèse Vido-Rzewuska

Production
Institut International de la Marionnette / Charleville-Mézières
Lucile Bodson, Direction
Nathalie Beaufranc et Pascal Gilbert , Adminstration
Brigitte Behr, Director's assistant

Support
Champagne-Ardenne regional council
ORCCA

We dedicate this film to Margareta Niculescu, who initiated the workshop held by Tadeusz Kantor and who was behind the project for this documentary.

 

 

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