Land of Ashes and Diamonds
Black Mountain Press, Great Britain 1999. 183 pages. PB. In English. ISBN 978-1-902867-01-7
Land of Ashes and Diamonds publishes for the first time a series of letters from Jerzy Grotowski to Eugenio Barba, written during the early ‘Theatre of Productions’ phase of Grotowski’s work in the 1960’s. The letters are contextualised in an extended autobiographical essay by Barba, which chronicles his early contact, and lifelong friendship, with Grotowski and his close collaborators, and charts their deep significance to his own life and work. Detailing the precise, concrete, sustained, and measured work upon which the theatre practice of Grotowski’s Laboratorium was founded, Land of Ashes and Diamonds offers new insights into the work of two great masters of twentieth century theatre.