Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Arts Quotes

"A play's got to be a dramatic event, not a lyrical event. It's not music, it's not poetry, it's not dance, it's not narrative - it's's about conflict. It's about forces coming together."
- Romulus Linney

"When the artist is truly the servant of the work, the work is better than the artist; Shakespeare knew how to listen to his work, and so he often wrote better than he could write; Bach composed more deeply, more truly than he knew, Rembrandt's brush put more of the human spirit on canvas than Rembrandt could comprehend. When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens."
- Madeleine L'Engle

"Learning to write for the theatre is learning to be a human being, because the theatre by its very nature makes you deal with other human beings."
- David Ives


Anonymous said...

Great quotes Lois! I'm still struggling with the "being the servant of the art" thing because I do believe that the artists creates the seed. The art motivates the growth, but then the artist must prune back the branches at the end to make a product marketable, clear, meaningful. It should be a dance. But the art shouldn't be in complete control.

SMLois said...

I love the idea of it being a dance between artist & art! That is a beautiful way of describing it.