chapter  51
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Speech introducing Freud: Robert Wilson

ByROBERT WILSON

There are a lot of reversals in this piece, such as the ending, a tableau in a cover with all those animals. It’s like going back. Going back to some indefinable time or memory too hazy to specify in exact particulars. That is, in another sense though, I suppose, the same as moving continually ahead. Isn’t that called retroactive? No, not actually. I mean it’s going back as well as in the same time forward. That is, Freud is plotting and scheming up these charts and yet what we see happening – the stage activity, is very human-like – someone running and someone sitting, another making small talk, someone pouring a drink, someone dancing, people doing ritualistic exercises. The activities are just very mundane and thus in that way pointedly human.