Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine December 2007 photo by Fred Hatt
Dzieci's signature piece, Fools Mass, is celebrating its 10th year of performances.
After a series of successful presentations in December and January, this April
we are honored to present a week-long run of this seminal work at LaMama ETC,
the theatre that introduced the work of Jerzy Grotowski to America in 1967.
Additionally, we are pleased to offer a Midnight Fools Mass at The Cell Theatre, the exciting new space that provides an outstanding venue for experimental theatre.
As this season marks the tenth anniversary of Fools Mass, so it is also the tenth anniversary
of the death of Jerzy Grotowski, the father of Dzieci's theatrical lineage, the Poor Theatre.
It is no accident that the mythic priest of Fools Mass is named Father Jerzy.
The piece has always been a tribute to Grotowski and a memorial.
Though company director, Matt Mitler, studied primarily with Ryszard Cieslak,
Grotowski's lead actor, and had intense contact with the rest of the members
of the Polish Theatre Laboratory, his interactions with Grotowski himself
were brief. But not so brief as to leave him unaffected.
"When Grotowski died, I felt daunted by a wave of responsibility.
How could I continue to serve this heritage? And if I didnt, who would?
Ten years later, these questions still resound in me. May they always continue to do so." Matt Mitler, company director, commentary from the program notes
For a personal account of the experience of Fools Mass, click here (pdf)
to read an excerpt from the diary of Jessica Bockler, a European scholar
who is including Dzieci in her research on 'theatre as a transformative practice'.
Dzieci is the New Brunswick Theological Seminary
2008-2009 Helen Studdiford Kleis Visiting Artist.
"Dzieci is a wonderful example of the spiritual intensity possible
when theatre engages the age-old mysteries of faith and
the human experience.We at the Cathedral found
the very stones of our monumental building
coming alive through their presence." Canon Tom Miller
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Union Theological Seminary
14 December 2007
video: Fred Hatt
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