Peter Rose, the artistic director of Practical Works, received the Shining Star award as one of the pioneering founders of Performance Space 122, at its thirtieth anniversary celebration in New York City in 2011.
After working with Ludwik Flaszen and Ryszard Cieślak in the Theatre’s paratheatrical activities in the USA, he was invited to Wrocław he became a student of Jerzy Grotowski, and the Polish Laboratory Theatre in 1977. He met Grotowski in 1978 and accepted an invitation to participate in the Laboratory's project Tree of People in Poland. He returned to Wrocław in 1980 to participate in Theatre of Sources. In 2009, he curated Awakening Practice in celebration of the Grotowski Year in Berlin.
Peter Rose has taught and performed in New York City, the United States and Europe since 1977. In 1979, Rose co-founded New York’s Performance Space 122 and helped introduce Open Movement to the NYC dance and theatre community. He lives in Berlin and created Practical Works: Performer Training, Performance and Active Culture in 2005. His main collaborators are Cecile Rossant and Annamaria Faraone.
“We were inspired by a really influential guy that was around P.S. 122 in the early days [1977-80] and he’s actually our fourth Beatle. The Pete Best of P.S. 122 is a guy named Peter Rose. And he was a polymath. He was amazing. He was an energetic, forceful guy and one of the first people to include punk rock and performance art, actions and history - and texts, his own texts - in performances. Very influential for Karole Armitage’s work, Tim Miller and many other people. Peter ran off to work with Grotowski and ended up staying in Europe.”
Mark Russell, Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 1983-2004
(Photo by Maria Hütten 2011)