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Grotowski's Laboratory Theatre: Dissolution and diaspora

Robert Findlay

The passing of Jerzy Grotowski's Polish Laboratory Theatre on 31 August 1984, after twenty-five years of operation, went generally unnoticed here in the United States. There had been, of course, the 28 January 1984 statement presaging the official closure signed by members of the group still in Wroclaw, which appeared in the Wroclaw daily newspaper Gazeta Robotnicza, later to be republished by such Polish journals as Dialog and Odra. But the official closing and dissolution in August 1984 sparked no extensive response either in the international press or in English-language journals and magazines devoted to theatre practice. There were no immediate tributes in praise of what had been a truly unique operation.