Przemysław Błaszczak, leader/director of Kokyu Studio, actor of ZAR Theatre, peda
Social norms, conventions, etiquette and rules create an environment that shapes our physicality and relation to the body – that is, our “body view”. The way we walk, run, dance, touch ourselves and each other is culturally determined but so deeply ingrained that we readily identify with it and say “this is the way I am”. We don’t remember or seem not to remember that from birth we are exposed to intense training that never really ends, and our behaviour is a way of conforming to the prevailing norms.
The aim of the workshop is to make us forget the body as we know it, and make us listen to it in the here and now, in relation to ourselves, the surrounding space, our partners and group. By focusing on solo and partner training we will discover new modes of perception, communication and improvisation that brings together, in a creative process, co-action, co-creation and co-existence.
Przemysław Błaszczak is an actor, director, pedagogue , with a degree in philosophy who has been associated with the Grotowski Institute since 1995. From 1996 to 1999, he worked with the Song of the Goat Theatre, where he performed in Song of the Goat – Dithyramb. In 2002–2003, Przemek created the solo performance Ecce Homo and in 2004 he joined Teatr ZAR, a resident company of the Grotowski Institute, with whom he has performed in the Gospels of Childhood: Overture and Anhelli: The Calling. He was involved in the creation, and he is acting in performance of Teatr ZAR’s, Armine, Sister. Przemek also performs in Heiner Müller’s Mauser, directed by Theodoros Terzopoulos (Greece), which had it Polish premiere in 2012. He is currently studying, and teaching the original actor training method developed by Theodoros Terzopoulos at Attis Theatre, Greece. He is official teacher of the training of Attis Theatre Method, located in The Grotowski Institute, Poland. At the Grotowski Institute, he performed alongside Alexandra Kazazou in KassandER directed by Io Voulgaraki (Greece), and he directed Flores en las Cunetas with Maite Tarazona (Spain). In 2016 he directed Welcome to my home. Meditation on the woman from the diunes. ( Wrocław, Poland ). Now days he is working on a new performance “Halo?” It will be premiered at 21 September 2018 in the Grotowski Institute. Together with Nini Julia Bang (Denmark), Przemek set up a workshop platform called Embraces: Dialogues through Voice and Body. He has run workshops in many places in Poland an all over the world. Since 2005 Przemek has studied the Japanese martial art of Aikido under Sensei Piotr Masztalerz (6th dan). In 2011, he studied with Juba Nour Shihan (6th dan) in Baja California, Mexico. In 2005, at the invitation of Toshi Tushitori, he went to Japan where he practiced shintaido, a Japanese system that integrates voice and body through training based on traditional Japanese karate. From 2013 to 2016, Przemek was one of the leaders of the Two Paths Studio, which was part of the Grotowski Institute’s BodyConstitution research programme. From 2016 hi is doing his artistic research as a leader of Kokyu Studio in The Grotowski Institute. In September 2018 took place open presentations of the newest performance directed by Przemysław Błaszczak – “Halo?” of Studio Kokyu. Official premiere is planned in the beginning of march 2019 in the Grotowski Institute.