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STAGES OF STREHLER

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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