Why do we sacrifice so much energy to our art? Not in order to teach others but to 
learn with them what our existence, our organism, our personal and unrepeatable 
experience have to give us; to learn to break down the barriers which surround us 
…and to free ourselves from the breaks which hold us back, from the lies about 
ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the 
limitations caused by our ignorance and lack of courage; in short, to fill the 
emptiness in us: to fulfil ourselves. Art is neither a state of the soul (in the sense 
of some extraordinary, unpredictable moment of inspiration) nor a state of man 
(in the sense of a profession or social function). Art is a ripening, an evolution, an 
uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light. 
- Grotowski
p.s. it was steven mitchell wright who emailed this to me.
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