Kantor’s theatre props

Theatre props/costumes/elements of scenography presented on the website are mostly incomplete objects which, although they are the key to many fascinating narratives, can hardly be examined in isolation from their staging. It is different when it comes to the objects from Tadeusz Kantor’s performances because they are not typical “props.” The author of The Dead Class wrote about the objects that he created in the following way:

„THEY ARE NOT THEATRE PROPS.
I HAVE EXCLUDED THIS CONCEPT FROM THE IDEA OF THE CRICOT 2 THEATRE
AS UNSUITABLE.

THESE WORKS ARE NOT THE RESULT OF THE AD HOC AND FLEETING NEEDS
 OF A GIVEN PERFORMANCE.
INSTEAD, THEY ARE CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH THE IDEAS THAT DEFINE MY
 ARTISTIC CREATION
THEY BELONG TO A SERIES OF WORKS ON A SPECIFIC SUBJECT,
LOCATED IN MUSEUMS SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL.
THEY HAVE A SUFFICIENT QUANTITY OF INTERNAL TENSION
AND INDEPENDENT MEANING
TO
 BE AUTONOMOUS WORKS OF ART. (...)”[1]

Elaborated by Editorial team of Małopolskas Virtual Museums,
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[1] Tadeusz Kantor’s statement regarding the objects of the Cricot 2 Theater stored in Cricoteka, author’s typescript, Cricoteka’s archives, inv. no. I/000604, p. 1.