WALLY: So you would all sit together somewhere, and you would play in some way, but what would you actually do?
ANDRE: I'll give you a good example. You see, we worked together for a week in the city.. Of course, Grotowski was there in the city, too, and I heard that every night he conducted something called a beehive, and I loved the sound of this beehive, so a night or two before I grabbed him by the collar and I said: "Listen, about this beehive: you know, I'd kind of like to participate in one. Just instinctively I feel it would be something interesting." And he said: "Well, certainly. In fact, why don't you with your group lead the beehive instead of participating."
Well, you know, Wally, I got very nervous, you know, and I said: "Well, what is a beehive?" He said: "Well, a beehive is at eight o'clock a hundred strangers come into a room." And I said: "Yes?" And he said: "Yes, and whatever happens is a beehive." And I said: "Yes, but what am I supposed to do?" He said: "That's up to you." I said: "No, no! I really don't want to do this. I'll just participate." And he said: "No, no. You lead the beehive!" Well, I was terrified, Wally. I mean, in a way I felt on stage. I did it anyway.
WALLY: God! Well, tell me about it.
ANDRE: You see, there was this song. I have a tape of it. I can play it for you one day. And it's just unbelievably beautiful. You see.. it repeats itself over and over again, and this became our theme song. So, at a certain point, it may have only taken an hour to get there, an hour and a half, the people suddenly exploded! You know, it was like a Jackson Pollock painting, you know, human beings exploded out of this tight little circle that was singing this song, and before I knew it there were two circles dancing, you know. One dancing clockwise, the other dancing counterclockwise, with this thumping, persistent rhythm.
Now, you could easily see, 'cause we're talking about group trance, where the line between something like this and something like Hitler's Nuremberg rallies is in a way a very thin line. Anyway. After about an hour of this wild, hypnotic dancing,... Grotowski said: "If it burns, try to change some little thing in yourself."..
And then at a certain point, hours later, we returned to the singing the song, and that was the end of the beehive.
WALLY: Hunh! God! Well, tell me some of the other things you did with your group.