The work of every actor has a harmful affect on his body. The thing is, in order to paralyze harm as much as possible, one must limit and master those same capabilities which are most impressive and without which it is impossible to perform on stage. See more
It's a moral disease, specifically that of an actor or artist, theatrical or artistic. This disease exists in Stanislavsky, Kachalov, Moskvin, but they - knowingly and instinctively - firstly understood and fought against it, then took advantage of it. Again, those who consciously and instinctively struggle to have the right means to counter the poison of this disease and will always carry that with them. What is it?
I'll try to define it as precisely as I can, taking responsibility for my every word: overestimation of one's artistic capabilities.
It's not a hereditary disease, but rather an acquired one, but rooted in heredity. It's a very clingy disease. It's mostly a disease of artistic people. It's very easy to catch. It develops easily and it's hard to cure if you don't stop it in time. It's a disease that turns into mania, breeds false expectations, hostile feelings and, in the end, it leads to a sad loneliness.
Dear Konstantin Sergeevich!
First of all - hello! From the bottom of my heart I send you the most sincere and loving greeting. Then, while looking at your portrait, I sometimes anxiously think about how you endure the chaotic events that life is full off, and I would very much like to receive news from you (even just a couple words) and about you, about Maria Petrovna and all your beloved ones. Maybe you are going to do it someday? See more
I’ll be terribly, terribly glad. And thirdly, I appeal to you with a big request: the workers of the Russo-Baltic Shipyard in Revel came to me and asked me to help them organise the theatrical peace.
If you are interested in what I’m doing right now - I am fully committed to working on the People’s Home of the former Emperor, Nicholas II. I could write about it in more detail, if your prefer. I shake your hand firmly.
Hello to everyone.
We, artists, are intolerant when it comes to our art: we are factionalists. We also have our BlackHundreders, Octoberists, Cadets, Bolsheviks and so forth. It would seem that the more movements, ways, techniques and forms there are to creativity, the better for art, which must set itself an extremely broad range of goals. After all, art is called to create “the life of the human soul”. See more
Misunderstanding and a failure to communicate create divisions in situations where otherwise people could, perhaps, find common ground. An artists’ union should set up its own studio, which can unite the followers of disparate movements for the joint and practical study of our art from all possible angles and perspectives.
The borders of contemporary theatre and the contemporary traveling show have been lost in the perceptions of the majority of people, who have begun using the theatre not for any grand cultural mission but simply for the fulfillment of small, bourgeois goals. In this form, the theatre becomes a tool of social evil. The more dangerous it is, the greater the power of its influence.