QUOTES ABOUT THEATRE AND ART
"And then you act, making art in an unpredictable world"
"Ritual, also like performance, is a liminal event. The word "liminal" comes from the Greek
limnos, or threshold. It is a transitional space, neither practical nor constructive, in the realmof day-today living. In ritual, religion and theater, it is a space in between where symbolic acts are played out."
"The theater is a gym for the soul, the intellect, the imagination, and the emotions. I go to
theater for a workout, to be active with my entire emphathetic and perceptual system. "
";The act of seeing, which is also a form of listening and hearing, changes you. According to
the philosophy of Martin Buber, it is possible to meld who we are with what we see. If we
approach it properly, we can become the tree rather than only beholding the tree. This
reaching out and melding is a phenomenon that can lie practiced regularly in art, which
teaches us to see."
"Anyone who thinks there's a difference between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either. All entertainment has a curriculum. (Marshall McLuhan)
"How are we supposed to function in these difficult times? How can we contribute anything
useful in this climate? Well, he answered, "You have a choice of two possible directions.
Either you convince yourself that these are terrible times and things will never get better and so you decide to give up or you choose to believe that there will be a better time in the
future. If that is the case, your job in these dark political and social times is to gather together everything you value and become a transport bridge. Pack up what you cherish and carry it on your back to future."
"According to Aristotle, catharsis is a purifying and cleansing of the emotions brought about through the evocation of intense fear and pity in an audience. The etmylogy of the word "catharsis" also suggests - to shine light in dark places.
“One of the most radical things you can do in this culture of the inexact
is to finish a sentence. Notice what a vibrant act in the world this can
be. Feel the power of finishing a sentence. And yet, it is difficult to
complete a sentence. Words conspire against it. Listen to people
around you. INARTICULATE. People are not dangerous to any
political or societal systems. Words are dangerous and they can be
powerful. It takes effort and stubbornness to finish a sentence.”
“The art of theatre is about living outside your own skin and identifying
with the ancestors who empower you to speak. Articulate, describe,
and redescribe, find your own words, finish sentences, transform the
irritations of daily life into expression, point, signal in the face of the
ephemeral, frame what you believe and say it well.”
“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of
grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnified
world in itself. Almost an, unrecognizable world” - “ Henry Miller.
“An ancient Sanskrit treatise on art, the Natya Shastra, suggest that all
good theater accomplishes three tasks simultaneously:
1) it entertains the drunk
2) it answers the question, how to live?
3) It answers the question, how does the universe work? “
“Like the Greek theater, later the church became the place where
people could go in order to reveal the dark parts of their soul, the sins,
the cheating, and the longings. Stories were told, people were
recognized, forgiven and finally redeemed and accepted back into
community. The ecclesiastical ritual was a way to resolve anxieties
and for communities to stay connected.”
“I think the audience as a detective and the artist as the criminal. The
artist/criminal leaves behind clues at the scene of the crime. If you
leave too may clues, the detective/audience will lose interest. If you
leave too few, they will get lost.”
“Ecstasy is not simply intensity or rapture, but is rather the sense of
being next to oneself. Ex/ stasis is the state of being outside oneself,
“A Sanskrit treatise on art, the Natya Shastra, breaks the human
‘tastes in this case emotions or feelings - into 9 categories called rasas
or flavours. “Rasa” means - that which is being tasted or enjoyed.
Roughly translated - the juices of poetics. In the context of theater the
nearest meaning is human feelings or emotions. Rasas are emotional
and visceral tastes. The 9 rasas in Indian theater are: love, courage,
loathing, anger, mirth, terror, pity, disguist and surprise. In the context
of rasa theory, a successful integration of diverse tastes makes the
theatre experience attractive and magnetic while encouraging
"In rehearsal director needs to be full of the same life that an actor requires in performance in front of an audience. The director must be fully present, spontaneous, and ready to switch directions, responsive to every minuscule change, sensitive to energy shifts, ready to laugh. In short, the director must be wildly alive and present. "
"You cannot educate people about anything, but you can point articulately at what excites
you. The interaction between the object of your pointing - the theme or subject - and the
sensibilities of the receptor is what educates. Education as interaction stimulates novel
impressions and encourages an altering and a widening of perspective."
"Influence" is a beautiful word and lies at the heart of education. The word shares an etymology with "influenza" describing the sudden onset of fever, the Medieval Latin influentia literally meant influence because of the belief that epidemics were due to the influence of the stars. I like to think of catching the disease of interest. And the most effective art is like a contagious disease."
"To choose the attitude the fundraising is an art form, part of the artistic process rather than a chore, a problem, or an endless obstacle, changes the process of fundraising profoundly. You
can choose to see it as action, as opportunity. The artist Christo insists that there are no such
things as problems, there are only situations. Start to see fundraising as a chance to meet
people and describing your vision. Fundraising is an action. It is not a burden. It is a way of
building community and clarifying ideas, concepts and intentions."
"A Director prepares 7 essays on art and theatre"
"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers. "(James Baldwin)
"There is no such thing as good or bad acting, only degrees of profundity of the actor's reason for being on stage" (Tadaski Suzuki)
"Do not assume that you have to have some prescribed conditions to do your best work. Do
not wait. Do not wait for enough time or money to accomplish what you think you have in
mind. Work with what you have RIGHT NOW. Work with the people around you right now.
Work with the architecture you see around you right now. Do not wait for what you assume is appropriate, stress-free environment in which to generate expression. Do not wait for maturity or insight or wisdom. Do not wait till you are sure that you know what you are doing. Do not wait until you have enough technique. What you do now, what you make of your present circumstances will determine the quality and scope of your future endeavours. And, at the same time, be patient. "