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Webinar: Tadeusz Kantor and the Polish Avant-Garde Theater: What They Have to Say to us Today - by Krystyna Iłłakowicz and Kathleen Cioffi

Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 1:00pm


Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) was one of the most acclaimed experimental theatre artists of the twentieth century. Together with his fellow Polish avant-garde director Jerzy Grotowski, Kantor exerted a profound influence on other theatre practitioners worldwide. Krystyna Iłłakowicz and Kathleen Cioffi discuss the work of this seminal director/visual artist and what about it still speaks to theatre artists and to all of us in the twenty-first century.


Join us on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for the presentation and live chat with the speakers. 

Access the lecture by clicking HERE

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This event is part of the Tadeusz Solowij Lectures of the Kosciuszko Foundation


Krystyna Lipińska Illakowicz teaches Polish language, theatre, and film at Yale University.  She writes on Polish-American cultural exchanges, theatre, and film.  She has published both in English and Polish about Witold Gombrowicz, Bruno Schulz, Tadeusz Kantor, and others.  Currently she is working on a book tentatively titled The Image of America in Poland in the 1920s and 1930s.  She is a co-editor of the theatre journal European Stages.  

Kathleen Cioffi is a book editor at Princeton University Press and a theatre historian who frequently writes about Polish theatre. She lived for four years in Gdańsk, where she founded the English-language theatre company Maybe Theatre and did research for her book Alternative Theatre in Poland, 1954-1989, published in 1996. Most recently, she co-edited, with Magda Romanska of Emerson College, the new book Theatermachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context, which was published in April 2020.

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