Revolutionary Dramatist- Witkiewicz and the Avante Garde Theatre
Presentation by Mary Jane Masiulionis's
Creation and revolution- these are the two poles on which everything revolves for Witkacy: the destruction of the old, the ceaseless battle to create something new out of the voice. Ignancy Witkiewicz lived through one of the most crucial moments in history- the collapse of the Russian empire became his model for the disintegration of the whole world that he knew and of which he was a part. The effect of this experience on his art is incalculable. Witkacy defied convention, seeing theatre in the individual and his feelings of the strangeness of existence. It was through his work as an Avant Garde dramatist more than any other art, by which he could integrate a total fusion of auditory and visual elements of a highly sensuous nature making immediate contact with the spectator’s sense of metaphysical wonder. Through text and film analysis, this presentation will discuss the dramatic works integrating the philosophy of” pure form”| of Ignancy Witkiewicz, identifying his themes of individuality in world a dominated by social comformity of form. Is Madness the result of this non-comformity?. The presentation will include a viewing scenes from IgnancyWitkiewicz’s , The Madman and Nun and a reading of a scene from this play.
Thesis work- Revolutionaries in Theatre: Bertolt Brecht, Ignancy Witkiewcz, & Vsevolod Meyerhold. The thesis focused on the contributions of three men of theatre, and how their work defined a new face in theater. Each artist was researched in their individual area of expertise- Bertolt Brecht as innovator defining epic theater and alienation effect, Igancy Witkiewicz as absurd dramatist, and Vsevolod Meyerhold as an creative innovative director, integrating the principles of biomechanics in the movement of actor training.
The public is welcome to attend. While the program is free for members, a $5 donation is requested of non-members. Membership applications will be available at the meeting, however, and now is a good time to join the club as its new membership year is about to begin. The program begins at 7:30 P.M. Refreshments will be served after the meeting so an opportunity will be provided to talk individually to the scholar.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February, 20, 2013
Harlem Road Community Center
4255 Harlem Rd, Amherst
Members: Free; Non-members: $5 donation
Contact: Charles Peszynski