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Dancers are stripped enough onstage.
by Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dancers are stripped enough onstage.
You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I am not the first straight dancer or the last.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I really reject that kind of comparison that says,
Oh, he is the best.
This is the second best.
There is no such thing.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia.
I played their game, pretending.
You have to deal with, you know, party people,
KGB.
Horrifying.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants,
you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I think art education, especially in this country,
which government pretty much ignores,
is so important for young people.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

It's weird when you see pieces of choreography that
were done for you 15 or 20 years ago and now they are
being done by another dance company.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners
look so extraordinarily related to him.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I get speeding ticket like everybody else.
If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Working is living to me.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary
mediocrity and colossal stupidity.
Otherwise, it was great.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dancing is my obsession.
My life.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets,
but that is what a dancer's work is.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I want to do exactly what I want to do.
I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public,
has given me something important.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

To walk across the street is a risk.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I have some Russian friends.
But probably only 10 percent.
I don't hang out usually in the big Russian communities
in Brooklyn and New Jersey.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

The Russian people get so insanely close to each other as friends.
Their lives are interrelated so much on an everyday basis.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

People of art should never get married and have children,
because it's a selfish experience.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I go a lot to see young people downtown in little theaters.
It's great.
If you start somebody's career, it's so exciting.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

It's what's left in life, to work with interesting people.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian
life and the Russian people.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work.
It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

To achieve some depth in your field requires a lot of sacrifices.
Want to or not, you're thinking about what you're doing in life-in my case,
dancing.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that
we all should have been in another business.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

I kind of lost interest in the classical dance.
I was very much interested in the modern choreography.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers
I kind of wanted to be a vampire.
- Angelina Jolie

I sent 200, 300 of the clothes that I had made,
and the dancers chose what they liked.
- Issey Miyake

Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion.
- Martha Graham

There are two ways of being creative.
One can sing and dance.
Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.
- Warren G. Bennis

The universe lies before you on the floor,
in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers,
in your mind.
From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.
- Agnes de Mille

All kids, when they go to school, are pretty good artists
and dancers and singers and poets.
All that gets buried, basically through being educated,
or brainwashed.
- William Wiley

I actually build my dreams around the dancers I've got in my company.
- Graeme Murphy

Because muscle is heavier than fat, dancers weigh more than you might think,
but they are usually very lean.
- Deborah Bull

I am for those who believe in loose delights,
I share the midnight orgies of young men,
I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers.
- Walt Whitman

I very much like dance and dancers.
- Issey Miyake

I don't go to these places where there are belly dancers and this and that.
- Jeff Goldblum

You can't be pregnant in leotards, and this is the
last chance for us to get our bodies into the shape
of concert dancers and capture it with the magic of film.
- Patrick Swayze

At intervals between the songs, more especially after the trances have begun,
the dancers unclasp hands and sit down to smoke or talk for a few minutes.
- James Mooney

Well, it's not full time - my dancers are only paid
for six months of the year in two three-month blocks;
but yes,
it is possible we could do it in another year.
- Siobhan Davies

One of our problems is our sense of discipline -
dancers have an extraordinary sense of self-discipline.
- Siobhan Davies

I always want to have more dancers in my company.
- Alvin Ailey

When I dance, I love the romance and sexiness of it,
and love having it be clear to both dancers that the man leads!
But the man has to know what he's doing!
- Susannah McCorkle

There's a line of dancers waiting to get into Sydney Dance Company.
- Graeme Murphy

You've got your Justins who have all the back flipping dancers and stuff,
and then you've got Lemar, and he totally moves you
without having to do all of that,
and he's gorgeous.
- Jamelia

Choreography is mentally draining, but there's a pleasure
in getting into the studio with the dancers and the music.
- Alvin Ailey

God creates, I do not create.
I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it -
from what I see,
from what the dancers can do, from what others do.
- George Balanchine

I look at the dancers and I get the inspiration for the work from them.
- Graeme Murphy

In Chicago, I walked in knowing what the dancers were going to need.
- Colleen Atwood

They improve greatly, and sometimes I go and see the
performances they do and I am consciously aware that
there isn't enough work for the good dancers.
- Siobhan Davies

Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.
- Agnes de Mille

Bubbles was a very good dancer.
Tremendous dancer.
He was one of our leading dancers of the country at that time.
And, of course, he didn't have much of a voice.
- Cab Calloway

The actual cheerleaders in our film are all Broadway dancers.
- Brooke Langton

I was using tape loops for dancers and dance production.
I had very funky primitive equipment,
in fact technology wasn't very good no matter how much money you had.
- Terry Riley

I always recommend a sensible diet, including lots
of carbohydrates and avoiding too much fat.
Dancers don't need different fuel from other people -
they just need more of it because they use more energy.
- Deborah Bull

That is perceptive of you, because in this country
men dancers have always been viewed with suspicion.
If you were an actor, a star, and a dancer,
you had to be, or have a name like someone "mainstream."
- Cesar Romero

Young dancers are training at a very vulnerable time in their lives,
through adolescence, and while they are trying to work
out who they are as people,
never mind as a dancer.
So train the whole person, not just the dancer.
- Deborah Bull

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.
- Katherine Dunham

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.
- Twyla Tharp

Those 25 dancers we worked with for a day,
in as highly productive a way as possible -
a long class,
a period of teaching bits of the repertory -
in fact I didn't teach Bank,
I've used parts of Oil and Water.
- Siobhan Davies

That's a traditional Samoan dance.
I was lucky that I was able to fly my cousins,
who are professional dancers, up from Hawaii and they
were able to be in the movie with me.
We had a great time.
- Dwayne Johnson

As you get older, the physical abilities decrease,
which is particularly frustrating because your brain gets so good!
So as you are becoming less technically or physically able,
younger dancers are emerging who need the space to perform.
- Deborah Bull

Every act I see, their whole act is choreographed.
I'm sick of seeing these dancers.
The only reason they have them is they don't have enough
talent to get people dancing themselves.
- Ronnie Spector

Independent dance - and, fine, it's a very good thing
that it remains independent -
is a much tougher life: all dancers expect that,
and accept that there will be periods of not being able to work,
provided there are choice moments during the year when they really can work.
- Siobhan Davies

The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou
is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some
of the greatest black artists,
dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time.
- Guy Johnson

People who got on their feet and freaked about were called idiot dancers.
and nobody wants to be called an idiot dancer.
But the whole idea of rock and roll is to get people off their arses -
that's what it's about.
- Steve Marriott

In the UK and the US especially you've got a lot of
throwaway artists who have their 40 million dancers and they do their show.
There's many artists who would not do a live show because they know they can't.
- Jamelia

We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty.
- Winston Churchill

You have stripped from me the rank and privileges of
the professorship and the doctoral degree which I earned,
and you have set me at the level of the lowest criminal.
- Kurt Huber

Through Kurt I saw the beauty of minimalism and the
importance of music that's stripped down.
- Dave Grohl

We have women working in the foundries,
stripped to the waist, if you please,
because of the heat.
- Rose Schneiderman


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