By a strange coincidence, this morning, I happened on Jerzy Grotowski, here in Paris on a dreary day. In my youth, I had written a long study of the great Polish director, which was published in Beirut, in Armenian, in the cultural review “Ahégan,” in the early 1970s.
Verjine and Aram, my friends in Paris who have given me a home-away-from-home this past month, were in Wroclaw, Poland, recently and brought back with them an abundance of material about the Institute Jerzy Grotowski, where they had performed.
Among the wealth of information, these words by Grotowski himself. Coda:
“When machines dominate, look instead for the living. All of life is a complex phenomenon of counterpoise. It’s not a matter of having a conceptual image of that, but of asking yourself the question: This life that you are living, is it enough?”