Actors are born like poets, because acting is poetry, it is art; you have to have an inborn spirit. Not everybody can be an actor, because one has to get so much involved in the act, so deeply involved, that one forgets that one is separate. One has to lose one’s identity in the acting, one has to become one’s part; one has to forget everything about oneself. This is no ordinary feat…
Acting is certainly the most spiritual of professions — for the simple reason that the actor has to be in a paradox: he has to become identified with the act he is performing, and yet remain a watcher. If he is acting as Hamlet he has to become absolutely involved in being a Hamlet, he has to forget himself totally in his act, and yet at the deepest core of his being, he has to remain a spectator, a watcher…
The really spiritual person transforms his whole life into acting. Then this whole earth is just a stage, and all the people are nothing but actors, and we are enacting a play. Then if you are a beggar, you play your act as beautifully as you can; and if you are the king, you play your act as beautifully as you can. But deep down the beggar knows, “I am not it,” and the king too knows, “I am not it.”
If the beggar and the king both know that “What I am doing and acting is just acting; it is not me, not my reality,” then both are arriving at the very centre of their being, the silent witness. Then they are performing certain acts and witnessing too.
Acting is the most spiritual profession, and all spiritual persons are nothing but actors. The whole earth is their stage, and the whole of life is nothing but a drama enacted.
He that doesn’t know and doesn’t know that he doesn’t know is a fool, shun him.
He that doesn’t know but knows that he doesn’t know is simple, teach him.
He that knows but doesn’t know that he knows is asleep, wake him.
He that knows and knows that he knows is wise, follow him.
Working down in Malmö/Lund with the play “The White Crow-Eichmann in Jerusalem” by Donald Freed. The actors works on themes, mirroring and breathing. Regarding the themes we go for the vertical ones. The big universal themes of humanity. We try too find the characters vertikal movement more than the horizontal. We don´t go for the characters history. We try too find the point of spiritual being. The actual birth of the spirit in the story.
Well, you can’t be more abstract than that, can you…