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All Quotes by author - Robert Lepage
" All of Vegas is false. There's a false Paris, a false Venice, a false Baghdad - in fact, all of the early Vegas aesthetic is Baghdad, which is also the irony. It's 'Aladdin,' the sands, 'One Thousand and One Nights.' "
" A lot of people hated every moment of my 'Ring.' And a lot of people who had never been to an opera bought subscriptions to the next season. "
" A puppet, for example, is just a piece of wood, a couple of rivets, but put them together, and if you know how to do it, and the audience's imagination joins in with this, then a miracle will come out of that machine. That is what we and the audience do in the theatre - we create miracles in that space. "
" Artists always try to make something that is going to be relevant and up-to-the-minute. "
" As a kid, my dad moved us to the upper town, which was in a higher class of people, and we would see the lower town below. Every day, we could see where we came from and where we were now. "
" A show is good when there is a meeting of time and space, when time and space become irrelevant. "
" Chaos is a good thing. "
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" Cirque du Soleil distinguished itself by being a circus with no animals. Before then, circus was partly about showing how man can tame other species. "
" During the tour of 'Circulations,' we spent a lot of time in Canadian Chinatowns. I was fascinated by the idea that you can cross the road and enter this dream world, this vision of China. "
" Everybody loves Vegas, and everybody puts it down, especially intellectuals and artists. We have to rub our feet on it, but we're all secretly thrilled to be there. "
" Every time we make a new invention, we think we're going to save the world, but eventually, we understand that the real virtues of that new invention have mostly to do with commerce. Then we feel a huge emptiness, and we want to fill it with beauty. "
" For me, theater will always be very, very much alive, but not necessarily in the theatrical tradition. "
" I admire people who can spend every aspect of their life in one discipline and really go all the way. I feel the only way I could achieve some type of excellence is if I connect to other people, other disciplines. "
" I always thought I was more of a mommy's boy, because she was charming, talkative, a great storyteller. But as I dug back into my past, I realized I am exactly like my father on so many levels, although I never thought I inherited anything from him. "
" I am interested in suffering and, in particular, the Buddhist idea that in pain, you can find beauty. "
" I can't really define myself as a dramatist or as an actor or as someone who is interested in music. "
" I don't disagree with the critics often, and I'm not destroyed by bad criticism anymore. There comes a point when you go beyond it. "
" I don't think there is any kind of magic about what I do. All of the connections are there, somewhere in the subconscious or in the collective unconscious. If I let the elements speak to each other, then these coincidences will happen. And they do happen. They happen all the time. "
" I enjoy juggling four or five different projects in the air and finding connections and disconnections between them. "
" If Darwin's theories are true, then we have within us the physical memory of when we were fish or apes. "
" I find it very strange when people say that they are trying to solve 'Uncle Vanya' or find a solution for 'Henry V.' Plays aren't puzzles. They are about playing. But so much theatre has become about performing and acting rather than playing, which is a great pity because audiences are captivated by watching people play. "
" If you decide to work with the opera world, chances are there are going to be people who resist that. "
" If you're going to do a show about somebody who dumped you, it's much richer if you have three characters dealing with different aspects of that theme. There is more space for people to identify with it. "
" I had been warned by other directors that opera is hell. The singers don't want to do what you want. "
" I haven't become a satanist, but I am fascinated by the character of the devil. "
" I like doing very small, intimate things in the morning and then, in the afternoon, to be working on something in a big stadium. "
" I'm a follower of people not necessarily connected with the theater. "
" I'm not good at doing show business; I'm a theatre person. I don't reveal anything about my life. "
" I'm not good at entertainment. I don't give myself to all the interviews, game shows, or talk shows. "
" I'm trying to tell history with a capital H through histories with a small h. It moves people, because you know in your own personal relationships, your own story, there's an echo to a much larger reality. "
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