who enjoys the streets, who enjoys feasting his eyes on shop windows
piled high with all kinds of everyday wares and artful trifles, anyone
who enjoys the cafés...is unlikely to be moved by the polished art of
the serious theatre. Unless the theatre shouts as lustily as the
streets, it won't attract an audience for love or money. The Parisian
derives far more enjoyment from the fêtes and travelling theatres...than
from anything the dramatic theatre has to offer" - Vsevolod Meyerhold.
and foremost we must give credit to the basic principles of the circus
and music hall-for which I had a passionate love since childhood. Under
the influence of the French comedians, and of Chaplin...and the first
news of the fox-trot and jazz, this early love thrived. The music-hall
element was obviously needed at the time for the emergence of a
'montage' form of thought" - Sergei Eisenstein, tr. Daniel Gerould.
is a volatile, sometimes dangerously explosive essence, which cultural
institutions seek to bottle or contain in the vials of games, of
competition, chance, and strength, in modes of simulation such as
theatre, and in controlled disorientation, from roller coasters to
dervish dancing" - Victor Turner.