Roberta Carreri, the Odin Teatret Actress, defines in her book Tracce the work of the stage director, in this case Eugenio Barba, based on her experience with the creation of Judith.
This definition is particularly interesting for us, people of the theatre, and specially for those dedicated to exploring the actor's technique. Roberta Carreri speaks about her own director, with whom she has worked in a unique, respected, successful and absolutely alternative theatrical style (or school) for more than 30 years:
(A stage director) is the person that during weeks, months, years, struggles to infuse life to the spectacle, first defending the actor's creativity, and then following his own creative logic to guide the sensorial voyage of the spectator.
Of course Roberta Carreri didn't write the definition per se, she just wrote about her acting experience and about her director, and this is what I extracted from it.
The original text in Italian says:
(Talking about the process of Judith...) "Per settimane, messi, anni Eugenio ha lottato per infondergli vita, difendendo in un primo periodo la creatività degli attori, e poi seguendo la sua logica creativa per guidare il viaggio sensoriale dello spettatore." (1)
I like to get some definitions this way, because it always refers me back to my own creative interests, it works for my own growth; these are points of reference coming from others' experiences, from others who are the masters of my theatrical world.
(1) "Tracce. Training e storia di un'attrice dell'Odin Teatret." Roberta Carreri. Il Principe Costante Edizioni. Milano, 2007.