" Training has always given me, to this day, a satisfaction - as if it appeased that part of my nervous system which has to do with rhythms. It's as if the rhythm of what they do and the way they do it, appeases, satisfies meets with the needs of that part of me which I call the animal, the nervous system: this has nothing to do with the creative force of a performance, in which the associative element is of paramount importance.
This training for me: a sort of symphony of similar tensions and I can immediately spot if these tensions are like gymnastics - if I see it and it doesn't speak to me, or if on the contrary it starts to arouse a part of my nervous system, is the only way I can explain it to myself.
All this was also an apprenticeship to a form of self discipline, being rigourous with oneself: don't settle for the first results, you have to continue and see what is beyond and when you meet a second result, you still have to go further ... it is a way of thinking which you can explain in words but that people can learn only when they are put in the condition to apply it for long, long months and years, only then it becomes an unconditional reflex." - Eugenio Barba
:: Note :: ... Eugenio Barba at minute five of the interview shares the above thoughts on training ... the entire interview is extremely worthwhile ... I love the ending ...