“Let the Artists Die” opened a series of performances by Kantor in which reflections on his achievements and transformations of old motifs played a very important part.
“Let the Artists Die / Niech szczezną artyści” was created in collaboration with Nuremberg’s Institut für moderne Kunst and Milan’s Centro di Ricerca per il Teatro. Kantor also accepted an invitation to Nuremberg from the banker and art patron Karl G. Schmidt. The final rehearsals took place there (they had began in Kraków). The play premiered in the German city in 1985.
The play is initially set in the cemetery storeroom, which later turns into Kantor’s room of imagination and then into a replica of St. Mary’s Altar by Veit Stoss. In the author’s own words: There is no plot in this performance / There is no play which gives life to this performance. / The performance creates itself”…