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" Counterpoint is difficult. I have been doing it since the beginning of my career. But it is not just taking any opposite. It is finding the right opposite. "
" I think that opera in Europe is 30 years ahead of America. There is a broader range of material presented to the public. They value contemporary opera. "
" All theater is dance. "
" Actors always start with the voice and language. That's wrong. They should start with the body. The body is an actor's most important resource. "
" Yes, I've been in love, but I guess I'm too involved with myself and my work. I think I'm in love with my work, and I'm in love with the people I work with. "
" I did a masterclass at the Juilliard and asked the students, 'Can you stand?' 'Sure.' 'Can you walk?' 'Sure.' They couldn't. They had never really thought about it. "
" My tax dollar, which goes to New York State Council on the Arts, is by and large only spent to fund people from the state of New York! And you want to be the cultural capital of the world? "
" I usually stay in on Sunday nights. I'm not much of a party person. "
" If you take a Baroque commode and put a Baroque clock on top of it, maybe it is not so interesting as when you put a computer on top of it. Then you see both items in a new way. "
" Light is architectural. It is sculptural. "
" The mind is a muscle. "
" When you're playing King Lear, you have to have a little humour, or you will have no tragedy when the king dies. "
" Sometimes, when we're very, very still, we're more aware of movement than when we make a lot of movement outwardly. "
" I think that in my plays you can come in for 20 minutes and get something out of it. I'd like to do a play that would run for days. I don't think time is that important. Nature doesn't hurry the sky, the changing clouds and sunsets. "
" I learned loudness from working with Lou Reed. "
" My work has always dealt with a kind of space that allows one to daydream. "
" There are schools teaching 'stage decoration' as a subject, and they actually call it that. I say: 'Burn those schools!' "
" We're so afraid to lose the audience. Let the audience go. "
" My work should be seen as poetry. "
" The first year I was in New York, I met Martha Graham. She said, 'Well, Mr. Wilson, what do you want to do in life?' I was 21 years old, and I said, 'I have no idea.' And she said, 'If you work long enough and hard enough, you'll find something.' "
" I always thought of the English landscape as being English gardens. "
" By giving the leadership to the private sector in a capitalistic society, we're going to measure the value of art by how many products we can sell. "
" When works get too intellectual, they lose their intensity. "
" When we look back at the Mayans or ancient Egypt, we look at their art. "
" I grew up in a town where there were no galleries, no museums, no theaters - a very religious, ultraconservative community. "
" I met a 13-year-old black child, Raymond, who had never been to school and had never learnt any words, yet it seemed to me that he was intelligent. It became apparent after a short period that Raymond thought in terms of visual signs and movements. "
" When I was 12 years old, I went to Natchitoches, La.; it was summer vacation with my family. We visited a plantation, Melrose. And I met an Afro-American woman who was a painter. I already had some idea of what I wanted to do in life, and one of the things that interested me was painting. "
" If you see the sunset, does it have to mean something? If you hear the birds singing does it have to have a message? "
" My work is formal, not based on psychology. "
" What was very interesting to me about Clementine Hunter's work is that she couldn't read or write, and she has recorded history of the plantation life and the southern part of the U.S. - the cotton harvests, pecan picking, washing clothes, funerals, marriages - in pictures. "
" Most theater tells you what to think. "