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Twyla Tharp Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Art

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

The supreme art of war is
to subdue the enemy without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Your life is the manifestation of your dream;
it is an art.
You can change your life anytime if
you aren't enjoying the dream.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Minimal art went nowhere.
- Sol LeWitt

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century.
- Marshall McLuhan

Even a true artist does not always produce art.
- Carroll O'Connor

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
- Michelangelo

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Art produces ugly things which frequently become more beautiful with time.
Fashion, on the other hand, produces beautiful things
which always become ugly with time.
- Jean Cocteau

Drawing is the honesty of the art.
There is no possibility of cheating.
It is either good or bad.
- Salvador Dali

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
- Salvador Dali

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
- Oscar Wilde

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than
to continue living for art.
- Clara Schumann

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

Art hurts.
Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

Art is the desire of a man to express himself,
to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty.
- Alfred de Vigny

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

Rules and models destroy genius and art.
- William Hazlitt

When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next
to a God made object like a tree or flower.
If it clashes, it is not art.
- Paul Cezanne

Art consists of limitation.
The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language.
- Theodore Bikel

Art is the right hand of Nature.
The latter has only given us being, the former has made us men.
- Friedrich Schiller

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
- Thomas Merton

When I work, and in my art, I hold hands with God.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living
forms and social intercourse.
- Francis Bacon

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
- Jean Rostand

When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others,
to bring them into the process.
- Jim Hodges

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
- Scott Adams

Of all lies, art is the least untrue.
- Gustave Flaubert


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