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A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
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A young person has to start making decisions for themselves at a much earlier age than an overbearing parent allows one.
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Any comic is a tragic soul. Comedy is one of the things that allows one to survive. Particularly if one has been in the process of separating off the emotions, it's one place you can process them.
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Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
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As people who have commitments and obligations, we try to blockade emotions and go on our course towards excellence, and that's a lie. I've definitely paid a price. Everything is an exchange.
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Dance has never been a particularly easy life, and everybody knows that.
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From Hair I was able to begin working in pictures and to extend my career into television.
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I always, somehow, knew that I was going to dance.
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I began ear training when I was about six months old. My mother was a concert pianist, and she started all of her children with music before they were a year old. Then she began to see that I had a musical gift.
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I don't believe in rushing and saying this is done and over with. That form of rebellion doesn't make sense to me. I've always attempted to familiarize myself with the traditions, and consider that a responsibility of the artist.
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I don't mean this, but I'm going to say it anyway. I don't really think of pop art and serious art as being that far apart.
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I don't think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that's where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies.
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I have not wanted to intimidate audiences. I have not wanted my dancing to be an elitist form. That doesn't mean I haven't wanted it to be excellent.
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I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That's a great gift.
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I have to feel that each thing I've learned I can push to another point next time. I'm not very good with repetition. I would rather not work than feel that repetition is the order of the day.
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I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter.
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I never studied with Balanchine, but his work was very important to me.
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I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly.
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I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand.
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I think people want very much to simplify their lives enough so that they can control the things that make it possible to sleep at night.
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I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury.
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I think that probably the moments of discovery do come from a place that is not totally organized. Order is something that we already know about. Discoveries are in a place we don't already know about.
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I thought I had to make an impact on history. I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission. Posterity deals with us however it sees fit. But I gave it 20 years of my best shot.
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I understand things that are American, for better or worse.
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I was fortunate to love men, so I could put them on stage and make roles for them, and move through their bodies in a way that they enjoy doing.
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I was interested in becoming a show dancer, for which I tried, but I'm not tall enough.
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I was privileged to be able to study a year with Martha Graham, the last year she was teaching.
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I was valedictorian. Did I enjoy going to school? I hated it. It wasn't a choice on my part, it was expected.
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I would have to challenge the term, modern dance. I don't really use that term in relation to my work. I simply think of it as dancing. I think of it as moving.
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I write. I have read a great deal. I enjoy books. I like the wit of languages. Even French I like. I like to be able to think in different modes. I like to be able to use the language a great deal and carry on rehearsals in French.
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I'm much stronger than most women. When I work with men, or when I'm partnered by men, we can actually go into kinds of movement that haven't been available before, simply because I've strengthened myself as a woman, not because I've weakened him.
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I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn't.
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I've always had to keep the walls in place, and the only way to do that is to keep yourself constantly occupied. From the time I was 8 years old, until I went to college, I worked. There was no social life.
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In terms of individuals who actually inspired me, very few of the academic people that I had access to had that power over me. Maybe it's simply because I wasn't that committed to geometry.
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In the future, I will make certain that I commit to projects so there's enough breathing space for me to have an emotional life.
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In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women. as they are still today, A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them.
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It is extremely arrogant and very foolish to think that you can ever outwit your audience.
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It was not until I had graduated from college that I made a professional commitment to it. Frankly, I didn't think it wise. I was my own interior parental force, and it's very difficult to justify a profession as a dancer.
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It's not about honors, it's not about celebrity, it's certainly not about money.
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Just when you arrive at the apex of your skills, it's time to retire. But as it turned out, I decided that since it was the thing that I felt I did best, I owed it to all that be to pursue it.
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Men and women are very different athletes, and frankly, I didn't want to deal with the male potential.
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Milos Forman is a great director, Jim Brooks is a wonderful writer and director.
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My mother was a dominant force in my life. She had a very specific idea about education, which was: you should know everything about everything. It was quite simple. There was no exclusivity, and there really was no judgment.
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Nobody likes to see that which they've invested in disappear from the face of the earth before they've even died. This is not cool. We can now see what the landmarks are.
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Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
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The formal education that I received made little sense to me.
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The necessity to constantly turn in an excellent performance, to be absolutely wedded to this dedication and this ideal means that as a child you're going to pay for it personally.
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The notion of the hero as outsider, as alien, is forget it, over, done with. It's not about being against society anymore. It's about standing there, holding something up. It's not pulling away.
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The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts.
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The rewards of dancing are very different from choreographing.
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The way I enjoyed spending time most was dancing. That's from the time I was a very small child, When I was 4 or 5 years old, I remember already having a regime. It was the way I always identified myself.
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There really is nothing I ever had access to that I didn't appreciate.
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There's this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything.
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This is not a pleasant route for many young people to consider. You have to be either hopelessly passionate, or very stupid.
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Usually kids who are talented have the brashness to think they can do anything, but they don't often get the chance to see how close they can come.
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We wanted to begin very simply. We used no costumes, we used no music, we had no partnering. We wanted just to explore movement in time and space. And in order to keep that experiment pure, we determined that it should be sexually oriented only as women.
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We worked with a great deal of rigor. We worked six days a week, at least six hours every day. We did not perform much at all. It was really about the experience of learning and exploring and growing.
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We're a machine and we have to be worked in the same way we have to be fed.
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When I'm in the studio, when I'm warm, when I'm what people call improvising, I feel a very special connection. I feel the most right. I don't want to become too mystic about this, but things feel as though they're in the best order at that particular moment.
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With each piece I've completed I have worked to make it intact, and each of them has been an equal high. It's like children. A mother refuses to pick out one as a favorite, and I can't do any better with the dances.
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You have to believe there's something at the other side. And you have to have faith in yourself. You have to think that you have the tools to accomplish it.
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