April 12th, 2015

Tadeusz Kantor – the best in revolutionary theatrical performances


FindYourStampsValue.com hurries to inform that Polish Post has revealed a special stamp honoring the life and creativity of Tadeusz Kantor – a Polish painter, assemblage artist, set designer and theatre director who Kantor is renowned for his revolutionary theatrical performances in Poland and abroad. The stamp was released and put into circulation on the 31st of March.

Dead Class was the most famous of Kantor's theatre pieces of the 1970s. In the play, Kantor himself played the role of a teacher who presided over a class of apparently dead characters who are confronted by mannequins which represented their younger selves. He had begun experimenting with the juxtaposition of mannequins and live actors in the 1950s.

His later works of the 1980s were very personal reflections. As in Dead Class, he would sometimes represent himself on stage. In the 1990s, his works became well known in the United States due to presentations at Ellen Stewart's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club which inspired Lower East Side cultural leaders such as the Nuyorican poet Giannina Braschi.

Throughout his life, Kantor had an interesting and unique relationship with Jewish culture, despite being a nominal Catholic Kantor incorporated many elements of what was known as "Jewish theatre" into his works.

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