Gardzienice - Practising the Humanities

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 March, 2008, 12:00am

Recital Hall, HK Academy for Performing Arts

Mar 10, 8pm to 10pm

The Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, one of the oldest experimental theatre ensembles in the world, will host a public talk at On & On Theatre Workshop as part of its Cattle Depot Theatre Season. It will also be holding a masterclass and staging a performance between March 11 and 15.

Chan Ping-chiu, who invited the troupe over, says it's refreshing to have an ensemble presenting a unique style of theatrical training that is not well known in this city.

'In pursuit of the avant garde and advancement, this group goes back to the root of theatre, which is Greek drama. Its members will give the audience a general introduction to their basic ideas and works,' says the artistic director of On & On. 'And their school of acting is very different from how local actors are trained.'

Leading the Gardzienice is artistic director Wlodzimierz Staniewski (above), from Poland, who worked with compatriot director Jerzy Grotowski in the early 70s before founding it in 1977.

For the past 30 years the company has based itself in a tiny village in rural eastern Poland, but has also toured abroad extensively. The company has become well known for its rigorous investigations of folk and ancient musical traditions, its powerful physical and vocal techniques, its commitment to the creation of theatre in a natural environment, and its emphasis on principles of mutuality and musicality.

Separately, a public seminar on theatre training will be held at On & On on March 19, in which practitioners including Chan Suk-yi, Jim Chim Sui-man, Andy Ng, Faye Leong and Shaw Mei-kwan will explore various theatre training methods.

Open lecture on Mar 10 in English. Free. Inquiries: 2503 1630