9 Total Quotes

Peter Sellars Quotes

In these times in America I am very moved and grateful that the Gish Prize has chosen to support diversity, controversy, complexity, and non-conformity. I am a collaborative artist, and I accept this recognition on behalf of the courageous artists who have opened and challenged new worlds and old, in a body of work that has created shared space on a divided planet.
Peter Sellars
#America

Basically the first half-hour of the opera is an extended prologue, which is all material from the first two weeks of July 1945, ... Germany has just capitulated. Truman is meeting Stalin at Potsdam, which is where all this pressure comes from for the test to work. Oppenheimer has been in these meetings in Washington to select the target, and it's full steam ahead to Japan.
Peter Sellars
#Opera

And the other great thing that we're allowed to do — and you're not — is use metaphor.
Peter Sellars
#Metaphor

How old were you that night?
Peter Sellars
#Night

I was 22 years old. But I'm still here. And one reason I'm still here is that I've got lots of ionizing radiation. That's what's good for you, for your immune system. There have been a lot of studies that show that a low level of it is good for you. The problem is they don't know what the level should be.
Peter Sellars
#Reason

[The chorus contains a statement of the principles behind the bomb, why it's practical and what it can accomplish.] It doesn't exactly say how to build a nuclear weapon, ... but it is a précis of the science involved.
Peter Sellars
#Principles

[He is particularly proud of the inclusion in this scene of a petition signed by 70 scientists asking Truman not to bomb Japan. Leslie Groves, the crusty general who oversaw the Manhattan Project, made sure that the document never reached Truman.] What's beautiful, ... is to have documents that were quietly discarded in history now set for singers and orchestra for all the world to hear.
Peter Sellars
#Scientists

You collect all this material and at a certain moment passages start speaking with other passages, ... A conversation that goes along with individual source material just takes off, and things start ricocheting and having surprising connections or counterbalances. You're always looking for yin and yang so the drama thrives on contrasts and contradictions.
Peter Sellars
#Conversation

And the other great thing that we're allowed to do and you're not is use metaphor.
Peter Sellars
#Metaphor