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" If you slow things down, you notice things you hadn't seen before. "
" 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. "
" Everything in Wagner's work - the music, the acting, the staging - stemmed from the text. Everything served to interpret the text. "
" We're so afraid to lose the audience. Let the audience go. "
" 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've always thought abstractly - through theme and variations rather than narrative. "
" 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 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. "
" If you see the sunset, does it have to mean something? If you hear the birds singing does it have to have a message? "
" I think it's just my nature. I can't work on one thing. I have to work on many things. "
" 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. "
" Most theater tells you what to think. "
" In Europe, unlike the States, they have a cultural policy. "
" Light is architectural. It is sculptural. "
" I think that I've always been a kind of structured person. "
" 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. "
" One of the few things that will remain of this time is what artists are doing. They are the journal and the diary of our time. "
" My work should be seen as poetry. "
" I start any work the same way. I start a rehearsal with silence. "
" When works get too intellectual, they lose their intensity. "
" Increasingly, I find myself drawn to classic forms - to Euripides, Shakespeare and grand opera. "
" I think by drawing, so I'll draw or diagram everything from a piece of furniture to a stage gesture. I understand things best when they're in graphics, not words. "
" Chairs are like sculpture. "
" Usually in theater, the visual repeats the verbal. The visual dwindles into decoration. But I think with my eyes. For me, the visual is not an afterthought, not an illustration of the text. If it says the same thing as the words, why look? The visual must be so compelling that a deaf man would sit though the performance fascinated. "
" I had no idea I was going to have a career in the theater. I did not plan it. "
" Most artists don't understand what they do, and I don't think we have to. Other people do that better - they understand what I do better than I do! "
" I want to work with Jay-Z. "
" At the end of the 1960s, I was part of the downtown theatrical movement in New York that was making work in alleyways, garages, gyms, churches, non-traditional spaces. The idea was to get away from the illusion of the conventional theatre. But then I thought, what's wrong with illusion? "
" The first thing you must know as an actor or director is the space you will inhabit. See the architecture; imagine where things can happen in space. "
" There are schools teaching 'stage decoration' as a subject, and they actually call it that. I say: 'Burn those schools!' "
" I had dinner with Marlene Dietrich in the early 1970s. I went to pick her up and she had someone with her, a dreadful man. He was writing a book about her, and he said to her, 'You're so cold when you perform,' and she said, 'You didn't listen to the voice.' She said the difficulty was to place the voice with the face. "