The didactics assumptions and actions prior to the appointment of the Academy for Theatre Practices
The GARDZIENICE Youth Academy
(...) The youth of the city must have a place which stimulates the imagination not only with conventional school methods, but by drawing young people into works of art and organic work, with spiritual values and the highest specialist standards. Such a place must be excluded from the urban context where everything is done hastily and superficially.
It must provide the opportunity to focus and experience its environmental value. It must be the "new natural environment of art and education". Environment in which the toil of existence becomes a leaven for creation. A stay in such a place should be a training for the imagination. It should build a sense of inner freedom.
Such a place would be a workshop of intellectual Argonautica. The Home of Theatre Practices and The Home of Musical Practices, our team and associate professionals from around the world could serve this mission. (...)
Excerpts from Włodzimierz Staniewski’s memorial to the Minister of Culture and Art, 1991
Educational activity of the Centre for Theatre Practices GARDZIENICE is conducted since 1978, both at home and abroad.
A long-term project of courses for Instructors of Theatre and Culture Practitioners was realized in the years 1989 – 1995. It was addressed to students from all Poland, including the University of Warsaw and Wroclaw University.
Participants of the courses took part in international seminars, symposia, internships (for example, in England, Ireland, USA, Norway, etc.), Expeditions (including Gotland in 1992, and Ukraine in 1991 and 1993) and Gatherings.
Didactic cooperation with theatre and film directors, actors, musicians, teachers, as well as culture practitioners from numerous countries was undertaken. The project has gained prominence in the cultural environment, and the graduates of the courses continue their creative activities referring to the experience gained in GARDZIENICE.
Academy for Theatre Practices GARDZIENICE was appointed in 1999. Each performance of GARDZIENICE is also a new edition of the training and teaching alphabet, built up by the constellation of those who implement the new performance.