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A creative person has to create. It doesn't really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.
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Aside from a few master teachers that we have had over the years, this has been a completely local talent development. But people have started to come now from Chicago, we have a number of students from Chicago and different places of the country and even in the world.
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Black people should have recognition for themselves and their backgrounds and their relationships with other people in the world and thus lose some of their alienation. This museum has certainly stood for that in this town.
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Don't think you are going to go on forever because you are not and begin to plan something that will compensate as you reduce your capacities to leap or turn on this or that or the other, begin thinking of something else.
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For the kind of thing that we were showing, the budget was sufficient. As we were speaking of in Haiti, we had not done that before in exactly this form and we had to have costumes for it.
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Frequently producers have partners that they never let the public know about.
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Haiti itself was also photographed, some of the streets, some of the mountains, rivers, streams, etc. were photographed before talking with me about how I felt about Haiti. Then the camera went to our voodoo temple and saw a serious ceremony, a real ceremony.
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I am happy to know that my husband regards me as a woman and a person.
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I came to East St. Louis from Africa and found things in such condition that I felt I should stay here if I was going to do something about the business of development of human potential that I didn't need to run around to other countries of the world. That that was right here.
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I certainly feel my career was a great career because it inspired so many many people, literally hundreds of people to follow a new kind of life and to realize that they could make out and advance their own professional and private and social lives.
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I could never live a nonproductive life and I feel that I have lived a productive life as far as I want to in terms of this company that I have for so many years.
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I don't think Ed Sullivan had anything to do with Carib Song.
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I had certain physical limitations that made me change the choreography for myself or made me more interested in choreography only rather than dancing. I have never been a person who wanted to just dance. I have always been interested in developing for other people.
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I have actually five honorary degrees.
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I really think that aside from admiring my talent you really admire me as a person and as a woman.
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I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone. Now I want "She did it."
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I was in love with the West Indies and I liked the authenticity with which Trinidad was presented but the critics could have cared less.
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I'd say that anyone who is going to start a minority program to try to think in terms of a big library and some small kind of museum.
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My work has been much more Caribbean and eclectic. I am interested in people, and where they come from happens to have fallen within an area of Africa.
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Our productions are self-financed. They couldn't have been done unless we had a designer who recognized these things and knew how to use every scrap of material.
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So many dancers paint. I used to paint. I started again recently. While I was dancing, I was very busy with my career. Start something else that makes use of your creative ability because if you don't you will die inside as a person.
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Sometimes I have given my husband a manuscript to read that has turned out to have fantastic rave reviews and he'll tell me it is no good. Well, if I didn't know him as well as I know him I would be terribly depressed.
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The older I grow the more I see the influence of my family on my life. I didn't always see it. It was up to our parents to see that we had our education in a town that hadn't yet realized what racial prejudice was but actually knew and practiced it on occasion.
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There have been times when I have been maybe upset because I did have to do more directing or producing than I thought I should do, but that is not true in the case of PBS. We worked right along with each other and conferred. They didn't do anything without discussing it with me and vice versa.
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We are in my private office at the Katherine Dunham Museum. We have a collection of African art and memorabilia... .we hope to be able to change the display perhaps every two years.
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We don't intend to always keep this necessarily African oriented. Originally I had hoped to have African American Indian of this area, and the Appalachian of this area, but at the same time, just as we have the Haitian room, we will always have room for another exhibit.
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We had maybe the greatest success of any company that I know of in Paris, and after two or three years I wanted to do this same number that we did for PBS, so we did it and Paris had always considered us their darlings.
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We have a group of friends of the museum who try to raise, if they can, periodically something to help us. Of course, the main thing about a building like this is its upkeep. It needs central heating and it needs central air conditioning.
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We have a large Sengolese following, we have Asians and Cubans and just you name it, here studying with us.
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Without my husband's costumes I wouldn't have known how to accomplish what I saw in my own mind's eyes for choreography. And then seeing our choreography and knowing the background of it I am sure helped my husband a great deal with what he designed for us.
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You know, this isn't theatre like it used to be.
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