Dancers are the flag bearers of the artistic renaissance.
If spirit is the seed, dance is the water of its evolution.
A major assumption that underlies this selection is that it is only within work that is progressive, experimental or avant-garde that staid, old-fashioned images and ideas about gender can be challenged and alternatives imagined. I have never seen a ballet performance that has not disappointed me.
Dance is the guide of the spirit’s journey to the stairway of heaven.
Ballet costumes are easier that opera because they are designed for movement.
If movements were a spark every dancer would desire to light up in flames.
Could she press it all the way through to the floor?” And, you know, I’m not sure about that myself. The sole of your boot might give me a bit of trouble, but nothing else will. But that’s not the worrying part. The worrying part is that I was forced practically at knifepoint to take...
That day and night, the bleeding and the screaming, had knocked something askew for Esme, like a picture swinging crooked on a wall. She loved the life she lived with her mother. It was beautiful. It was, she sometimes thought, a sweet emulation of the fairy tales they cherished in their lovely, gold-edged books. They...
I thought ‘Out of Africa’ would be a beautiful ballet.
Show me a person who found love in his life and did not celebrate it with a dance.
You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.
I feel his arm Lightly Over me.He takes one of my outstretched hands.Draws it beneath my stomach.”One more time…”This is not sex,Not friendship. SomethingStrangeSpecialIn the stillness of his breath,The waterlike way he moves.He is making a dance.We are making a dance.
Every style of dance is a tribute to the elements of the spirit.
With classical ballet you are literally injuring yourself.
True love is like little roses, sweet, fragrant in small doses.
Judo is like a ballet, except there’s no music,and the dancers knock each other down.”
Movements of the body are a reflection of the soul.
Ballet is just a vocabulary like English. Most classical ballets emphasize how high a woman can hold her leg, how skinny she is and all the tricks she can do. She may not ever have to express anything but extreme happiness or sadness. These ballets rarely interpret life. They are fables with princesses and fairies.
The first dance performance I saw was Joffrey Ballet doing ‘Billboards’ to Prince.
It’s great for ballet aficionados, who know what’s supposed to happen.
Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.