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."