‘The spectator [...] likes easy truths. But we are not there to please or pander to the spectator. We are there to tell the truth.'
Jerzy Grotowski, Towards a Poor Theatre
The above words, uttered by Jerzy Grotowski during a seminar in Skra, have been adopted as the motto of discussions in The Truth and Nothing but the Truth series. The directors who are presenting their work in the Main Section of the Theatre Olympics will engage in a series of uncompromising discussions about truth in art, in the creative process and in the relationship with the audience.
The discussions will focus on topics proposed by the artists and their invited guests or hosts. They will explore the role of theatre in global communication systems, the notion of Third Theatre, the dramaturgy of the authentic body and the categories of responsibility (of the human being, the artist and the theatre manager), fiction in the theatre, memory and virtual reality.