Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska

Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska, photo Waldemar Czechowski

photo Waldemar Czechowski

Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska (born in 1954 in Zabrze, Poland) graduated in Japanese studies from the University of Warsaw. She studied at the Tokyo University, where she learned Noh theatre at Tessenkai under the supervision of Kanze Tetsunojo VIII. She travelled in Japan to research traditional performing arts. She worked with the Laboratory Theatre during the period of Grotowski’s Active Culture research. In 1982, she obtained her PhD at the University of Warsaw with a thesis on Noh acting. In 1980–1990, Jadwiga Rodowicz was an actress and event co-organiser at the Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice. She was Assistant Professor at the Department of Japanese and Korean Studies of the University of Warsaw and at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw. In 1994–2012, she worked for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Japan (2008–2012). Her Polish publications include three books, Pięć wcieleń kobiety w teatrze nō (1993), Aktor doskonały (2000) and Boski dwumian. Przenikanie rzeczywistości w teatrze nō (2009, Grotowski Institute), as well as articles in Dialog and Didaskalia. Internationally, she has published articles in The Drama Review and in Japanese periodicals. She has worked on Noh theatre in Poland, translated writings by Zeami Motokiyo, and authored the first two Noh plays in Poland: The Piano Tuner (which premiered in Warsaw and Tokyo in 2011) and Chinkon/Repose of Souls (due to premiere during the Wrocław Theatre Olympics). In 2015, she debuted as a director with Dead Walk Love, based on a story by Yukio Mishima, at the Song of the Goat Theatre, Wrocław