Mission

Dzieci (djyeh-chee) is an international experimental theatre ensemble dedicated to a search for the “sacred” through the medium of theatre.

Integrating techniques garnered from such theatre masters as Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba and Peter Brook, ritual forms derived from Native American and Eastern spiritual disciplines, and an ethic based securely in Humanistic Psychology, Dzieci aims to create a theatre that is as equally engaged with personal transformation as it is with public presentation.

Towards this aim, the ensemble balances its work on performance with work of service, through creative and therapeutic interaction in hospitals and a variety of institutional settings. Dzieci believes helping others generates a profound healing effect that not only serves the patient but also strengthens the ensemble’s work.

Dzieci is firmly dedicated to process. Our theatrical creations come organically over a long period of time, and a relationship with the world around us is essential. Therefore, public demonstrations of the work in progress are offered along the way, along with para-theatrical workshops, which invite participants to experience the work underlying our most current investigations.

note: “Dzieci” is the Polish word for “Children”.

 

DZIECI PRINCIPLES

The totality of Dzieci’s work is in service to a question: how may we evolve? Joining the group as a member, a guest, or a workshop participant is equally an invitation into this question – an inquiry demanding the highest potential from each other and ourselves, rigorously, compassionately.

To assist our mutual arising, we have committed to following twelve basic principles:

1 – We do not work alone. Only through the strength of community are we able to break through personal barriers and venture beyond self-perceived limitations.

2 – We wish to be brought to a more complete awareness of ourselves, even if that awareness shows us what we are not. In community, through the efforts of others, we can be reminded to remain attentive and awake.

3 – Dzieci is a school, and transmission is fundamental to our practice. We are all teachers, and we are all students.

4 – Here there are no labels, no divisions – whoever you are, wherever you came from, we share a common aim, to be able to be.

5 – We make a commitment to be responsible for each other together in the workspace. All struggles are accepted and integral to the working of the group. However, should anyone step away during a period of personal struggle, they are on their own.

6 –  We do not abandon ourselves for the sake of changing others, nor do we become lost in self-absorption. Rather we strive to direct our attention equally – without and within, that we may simply see and be seen.

7 – Our preference is to lead non-verbally through action and gesture. Silence is a quality to be honored, and a practice not only for our outer work, but for our inner work as well.

8 – We begin from where we are.

9 – Our endeavors are self-initiated. We establish conditions, which may appear insurmountable, in order to expose our fear, refine our attention, and strengthen our resolve. The group can only provide guidance and bear witness, not help.

10 – We are not interested in what someone knows, only in their willingness to leap into the unknown.

11 – If there is a way to do something more humanely, more organically, or more adventurously, we make every effort to do so. We welcome the participation of tricksters and fools.

12 – The form of our work is not the work; it is only a context for revealing what is true.