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There's this expression called postmodernism,
by Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
- Twyla Tharp

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more
energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism.
- Twyla Tharp

A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet.
I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
- Twyla Tharp

 

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.
- Twyla Tharp

The only thing I fear more than change is no change.
The business of being static makes me nuts.
- Twyla Tharp

I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best
that they can is privileged.
It's a luxury.
- Twyla Tharp

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I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories.
Either something works, or it doesn't.
- Twyla Tharp

Dance has never been a particularly easy life,
and everybody knows that.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

The rewards of dancing are very different from choreographing.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

I often say that in making dances I can make a world
where I think things are done morally,
done democratically, done honestly.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

I was privileged to be able to study a year with Martha Graham,
the last year she was teaching.
- Twyla Tharp

It is extremely arrogant and very foolish to think
that you can ever outwit your audience.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

I never studied with Balanchine, but his work was very important to me.
- Twyla Tharp

I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life.
That's a great gift.
- Twyla Tharp

The formal education that I received made little sense to me.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

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.
- Twyla Tharp

I am a unique expression of the universal fabric of creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Personal importance, or taking things personally,
is the maximum expression of selfishness
because we make the assumption that everything is about me.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Giving is the highest expression of our power.
- Vivian Greene

I am a Unique Expression
of the Universal Fabric of Creation.
I celebrate both my uniqueness
and my connection with all that is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Being practical" is the antithesis of having faith and love.
"Being practical" is an expression of fear.
When you live from love and faith, you will be compassionate,
confident, and loving -- and no longer feel the need to "be practical."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am a unique expression
of the universal fabric of creation;
I am that I am that I am.
In the eternity of all creation,
I am the only ME that ever will be;
and I am so honored that the Power of the Universe
has chosen for me to be ME.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is
glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.
- Anne Roiphe

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters,
is simplicity.
- Walt Whitman

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

The truest expression of a people
is in its dances and its music.
Bodies never lie.
- Agnes De Mille

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between
his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise,
we don't believe in it at all.
- Noam Chomsky

I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in,
and going after your dreams.
- Madonna Ciccone

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

The details are the very source of expression in architecture.
But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
- Arthur Erickson

Voting is an expression of three key life principles -
CHOICE, INTENT, and ACTION.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The universe must exist for the self-expression
of God and the delight of God.
- Ernest Holmes

Every production of an artist should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Well-timed silence is the most commanding expression.
- Mark Helprin

Beauty without expression is boring.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is only after years of preparation that the young
artist should touch color -
not color used descriptively,
that is, but as a means of personal expression.
- Henri Matisse

All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression;
all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning.
Everything is either symbol or parable.
- Paul Claudel

Well, I am not interested in the kind of expression
that you have when you paint a painting with brush strokes.
It's all right, but it's already done and I want to do something new.
- Donald Judd

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression.
It is so spontaneous.
And after singing, I think the violin.
Since I cannot sing, I paint.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.
- Earl Warren

Success in any endeavor depends on the degree to which
it is an expression of your true self.
- Ralph Marston

The sun as the expression of old world energy is torn
down from the heavens by modern man,
who by virtue of his technological superiority creates his own energy source.
- El Lissitzky

Mob law is the most forcible expression of an abnormal public opinion;
it shows that society is rotten to the core.
- Timothy Thomas Fortune

Acting is a very limited form of expression and those
who take it seriously are very limited people.
I take it seriously.
- Judy Holliday

Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
- Vera Brittain

Style, no matter how outrageous it is,
is still an expression of someone's personality.
And my personality is somewhere stuck in the classics.
- Liev Schreiber

We've been able to have our cake and eat it,
too.
Every song, every T-shirt, is absolutely a pure expression of what we want to do.
And it connects.
- Tom Morello

Art is accusation, expression, passion.
Art is a fight to the finish between black charcoal and white paper.
- Gunter Grass

The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography.
- Alberto Korda

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Feelings or emotions are the universal language and are to be honored.
They are the authentic expression of who you are at your deepest place.
- Judith Wright

Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.
- Karl Barth

I'll make music, whether or not anyone is listening,
for the rest of my life.
It's a natural form of expression for me,
the same way I draw and write and sing.
- Brandon Boyd

It's just someone has labelled us as having a different label to do what you do.
I find that labels are the worst thing in the world for artistic expression.
- Ornette Coleman

Write what you feel.
Write because of that need for expression.
- Dorothy Fields


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