Simone Weil and theatre: from attention to the descending way

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Theatre artists and philosophers all over the centuries have often pointed out the existence of two levels within every phenomenon; we call this thought “Dualism”. During the last centuries many have focused on a specific, although traditional, example of dualism, which envisions a superior, transcendent reality - that is not connected to ours -. The performer can create such a connection, through his work on “verticality”, touching the superior invisible realm, which must then descend back to our everyday dimension. This article analyses one of the main tools used in order to set up a connection between these two dimensions, that is attention, according in particular to one of the main thinkers of the 20th century: Simone Weil. In this regards, the author explores the last pedagogical work of French actor and theatre pedagogue Louis Jouvet and the last period of research by Jerzy Grotowski and his pupils, both focused on that “attention” and “descending way”, which works on the same line of what is better known as “Verticality”.
In the second part Campo comments on Weil’s selected passages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-200
Number of pages24
JournalStanislavski Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 13 Aug 2019


  • Simone Weil, Louise Jouvet, Jerzy Grotowski, Theatre and Philosophy, Theatre and Spirituality, Work on oneself
  • theatre and spirituality
  • Louise Jouvet
  • work on oneself
  • Simone Weil
  • Jerzy Grotowski
  • theatre and philosophy


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