5 years with Kantor has shaped my life (Episode 15)


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Michal Kobialka is a Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. He has translated Tadeusz Kantor’s writings into English and written extensively about his work.

He has published over 75 articles, essays and reviews in journals all over the world. IMG_4037He has presented papers on medieval, eighteenth-century and contemporary European theatre, as well as theatre historiography at various regional, national, and international conferences.

He is the author of two books on Tadeusz Kantor’s theatre, A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944-1990 [University of California Press, 1993; the book was translated into Romanian in 2010)] and Further on, Nothing: Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre (University of Minnesota Press, 2009; the book received the honorary mention for 2010 ATHE Outstanding Book Award).

He is the editor of Of Borders and Thresholds: Theatre History, Practice, and Theory (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), a co-editor (with Barbara Hanawalt) of Medieval Practices of Space (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and a co-editor (with Rosemarie Bank) of Theatre/Performance Historiography: Time, Space, Matter (Palgrave, 2015).

His book on the early medieval drama and theatre, This Is My Body: Representational Practices in the Early Middle Ages (University of Michigan Press, 1999) received the 2000 ATHE Annual Research Award for Outstanding Book in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy.


Tadeusz Kantor (6 April 1915 – 8 December 1990) was a Polish painter, assemblage artist, set designer and theatre director. Kantor is renowned for his revolutionary theatrical performances in Poland and abroad.

More about Kantor and the 2015 centennial events 

Full-length interview with Michal Kobialka:

Tadeusz Kantor directing "The Dead Class"

Tadeusz Kantor directing “The Dead Class”


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