Singing from stones: physiovocality and Gardzienice's theatre of musicality

Konstantinos Thomaidis

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Wlodzimierz Staniewski, director of the Polish Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, considers directing as a praxis pertaining to the field of musical composition. His pieces have been theorised as either “ethno-oratoria” or “village operas,” while the pedagogy developed by the group is a territory for the exploration of the tensions between the physical and the vocal. Building on my recent fieldwork with the company, this chapter problematizes the separation of vocality and choreographic/movement practices in performer training and uses Gardzienice’s example as a case study in physiovocality. Meanwhile, the core principles of Staniewski’s work, namely mutuality, musicality and chorality, are analyzed as points of departure from music theaters towards a theater of musicality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGestures of music theater
Subtitle of host publicationthe performativity of song and dance
EditorsDominic Symonds, Millie Taylor
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)978-0199997169
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2014


  • physiovocality
  • voice
  • voice studies
  • musicality
  • Gardzienice
  • Polish Theatre
  • voice training
  • Ancient Greek songs


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