The Truth and Nothing but the Truth

‘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.



Globalisation and the Theatre’s Mission

Tadashi Suzuki, chaired by Henryk Lipszyc

The Responsibility of the Creator

Valery Fokin, chaired by Piotr Rudzki

Fiction Awareness

Romeo Castellucci, chaired by Dorota Semenowicz

Theatre as a Medium of Memory

Jarosław Fret, chaired by Prof Octavian Saiu

Everything that the Spectator Is Seeing and...

Heiner Goebbels

The Double Life of Theatre

Eugenio Barba, chaired by Leszek Kolankiewicz

True Art Will Be Possible Once We Start Loving...

Pippo Delbono, chaired by Katarzyna Woźniak

The Truth of Great Myths

Eimuntas Nekrošius, chaired by Tomasz Kubikowski

The Truth of Virtual Reality

Theodoros Terzopoulos, chaired by Małgorzata Sugiera

Independent Theatre

Krystian Lupa, chaired by Witold Mrozek
A series of conversations

The Truth and Nothing but the Truth


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