I’m out of step with the times, through laziness, or perhaps through wisdom. Through foresight, through economy. And this is because, being able to anticipate end results rather clearly, I can allow myself to deny excessive importance to intermediary stages. Thus I give the impression of being behind the times, or immobile, given that I am in advance. But the avant-gardes, I’m certain, will find me on their path at the point where their experiences are over. For I will not have imitated these experiences, I will have experienced them already, earlier, internally and personally. In other words, I am waiting for these children to finish with their games.

Jacques Copeau, 1915

DIRECTOR OF THE NEAR-MYTHICAL Piccolo Teatro of Milan (which he conceived and established, with Paolo Grassi, in 1947), and also, from 1982 until earlier this year, of Paris’ Théâtre de l’Europe; recently named the

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