|The theater of repetition is opposed to the theater of
representation, just as movement is opposed to concepts and to representation which refers
it back to concepts. In the theater of repetition, we experience pure forces, dynamic
lines in space which act without intermediary upon the spirit, and which link it directly
with nature and history, with a language which speaks before
words, with gestures which develop before organized bodies, with masks
before faces, with specters and phantoms before characters--the
whole apparatus of repetition as a "terrible power."