I think 21st century should be art without objects.
I believe the artist has an obligation to society.
We make such terrible mistakes with visual choices about beauty.
I was friends with Susan Sontag the last four years of her life. She had this amazing charisma and so much energy, but she had a sad little funeral in Montparnasse in Paris. It was rainy. It was all wrong. And I was thinking, ‘God, she loved life so much.’
Happiness comes from the full understanding of your own being.
With classical ballet you are literally injuring yourself.
For me, the most difficult piece is the one I’m about to make.
In theater, blood is ketchup; in performance, everything’s real.
Today, our attention is less than the television advertisement. We’re looking at six or seven problems constantly. We’re living in the disturbed societies of cities. I think modern technology is one of the worst things human beings have invented.
All my inspiration comes from life. That’s how it never stops, in a way.
In my work I have complete control, but about my life, I don’t want to.
The hardest thing to do is something that is close to nothing.
If you do performance and music, it’s not performance as music.
People have so much pain inside them that they’re not even aware of.
The world doesn’t need an artist who shows reality as it is.
The most revolutionary ideas are not sellable, but only mind-changing.
Woody Allen has a wonderful line: ‘Today I’m a star. What will I be tomorrow? A black hole?’ That’s very important to know – that you have the moment, then you lose the moment. You have to see your chances, you have to take them, and you also have to see when you don’t have...
You see, what is my purpose of performance artist is to stage certain difficulties and stage the fear the primordial fear of pain, of dying, all of which we have in our lives, and then stage them in front of audience and go through them and tell the audience, ‘I’m your mirror; if I can...