Sunday, July 20, 2003

"It was Peter Brook who talked to me for the first time of the Japanese expression, the art tof the beginner. It is the art of the beginner in the Japanese sense, in the sense of the battle, of the warrior, of the Samourai. That is the capacity to obtain a kind of technical fullness and at the same time to drop it completely and to be ready to behave as a beginner. And in the old tradition of the art of the Samourai one says that if somebody uses the knowledge of the warrior and if he does not know how to abandon it completely if he is not really like a beginner when he goes into battle, without knowledge and without consciousness, then he is like someone who is mad or who is asleep and in this case he will be killed. Because only if he is a beginner, only if his fight is the last, only in this case it could be the first in his life. And he can win because he can forget that it is a question of winning, It is in this sense that I talk about the permanence of beginning; To tell the truth, I speak about the original state."(Jerzy Grotowski. The art of the beginner)


:: note :: . . . a print article, lost many years ago and sorely missed, surfaced . . . turning everything outside-in has placed valuable documents back into the hand . . . i have misquoted this idea much too often . . .