Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko
(Владимир Иванович Немирович-Данченко).
23rd December [O.S. 11th December] 1858 – 25th April 1943)
Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (Константи́н Серге́евич Станисла́вский). 17th January [O.S. 5th January] 1863 – 7th August 1938)
in June 1897, met and talked for 17 hours at the Slavyanski Bazaar,
(Славянский базар), a Moscow restaurant. They laid down these precepts for performance:
There are no small parts, there are only small actors.
One must love art, and not one’s self in art.
Today Hamlet, tomorrow a walk-on, but even as a walk-on you must become an artist.
The poet, the actor, the artist, the costumier, the stage-hand, serve one goal, which is placed by the poet in the very basis of his play.
All disobedience to the creative life of the theatre is a crime.
Lateness, laziness, caprice, hysterics, bad character, ignorance of the role, the need to repeat anything twice, are all harmful to our enterprise and must be rooted out.