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Dancer's words which inspired you


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#1 Paquita

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Posted 19 April 1999 - 02:49 PM

Hi, It's me again and i was wondering what quotes have inspired you to keep on going ? They can be from dancers are anyone else.From interviews, books, if anyone has Tributes I'd like to heard about some quotes or poems from it Posted Image and things. To start here are some of my favorites:
~"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday, is the hope of today, and the reality of tomorrow."
~''many other women have kicked higher, balanced longer, or turned faster. These are poor substitutes for passion." Agnes De Mille.
~"Dance every performance as if it were your last." Erik Bruhn.
~"I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance." Balanchine.
~"To succeed you need something to hold on to, to motivate you, to inspire you."
~"A dancer has to reach through the difficult to achieve the beautiful."
and "A great dancer must strive for a perfection which is always out of reach."
The Children of Theatre Street ( video).
~"Ballet of motion. Refined and defined by long standing tradition, constrained by the laws of position and gravity, it is the art of making the impossible action seem possible." from LIFE magazine.
~"My art feeds me...the more you're invloved in something, the more you fall in love with it, the harder it is to let go because nothing compares with the passion." Evelyn Hart.
~"I realize that most of the dancers I admire:....don't have perfect bodies either; it's by their extraordinary talent and passion that they transcend those thousands of perfectly shaped dancers who somehow can never sieze your attention on stage."

"I've learned that a number of choreographers get their best results by challenging dancers to give something they didn't even know they had."
Karen Kain in "Movement Never Lies."

~ALL dance, and most particularly ballet, depends upon illusion for its
magic. Behind the ease, glamour and bravura that we see on stage are years
of muscular training, the expertise of theatrical stage craft, the
choreographer's creation of a dance from elements as elusive as steps,
bodies, space and time. Ballet, the most corporeal of arts, is built upon
the human body's ability to surpass its Earthly limitations."

~"...I believe the most important attribute for the making of a dancer is the desire to become one. The obvious necessities of physique become less important if the heart, intelligence and musicality are present." Celia Franca I think.

~"No artist is ahead of time. He is time; it's just that others are behind the times" .-Martha Graham

~"life isn't about what happens to you,
it's about what you make happen."

~"The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be
expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing... there are times
when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of
words. There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with a strength
that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and
emotions, unique in itself. This is the dancer's justification for being,
and his reason for searching further for deeper aspects of his art."

I look forwards to hearing some of your own.

[This message has been edited by Paquita (edited April 19, 1999).]

#2 Victoria Leigh

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Posted 19 April 1999 - 07:55 PM

Pacquita, these are all wonderful and I thank you for taking the time to post them! I particularly like the Karen Kain quote, "I've learned that a number of choreographers get their best results by challenging dancers to give something they didn't even know they had". I had this experience in working with Tudor, and I learned more from him that made a difference in my career (and in my teaching career later) in a few rehearsals than from almost anyone else ever!

#3 Alexandra

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Posted 19 April 1999 - 08:00 PM

Great thread, Paquita -- and great quotes. I'll leave this one for dancers to answer.

Alexandra

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Posted 19 April 1999 - 09:22 PM

I only have two quotes, and I admit, on cold mornings I have to repete them to myself a few times:
1. "Werk, werk, WERK!" (russian accent over the word work just getting progressivly louder) A former teacher (native US) Barbara Driscol used to say this when we got slugish in class, it always works to motivate me.
2. "I just NEED my moring class, as you need your morning coffee." I don't know who said it, but it is sooooo true.
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#5 salzberg

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Posted 19 April 1999 - 10:07 PM

From a lighting designer's perspective:

"The art of lighting the stage consists of putting light where you want it and taking it away from where you don't want it," -- Max Reinhardt.

"The reason great art endures is because it's not edible," -- David Hays.

"Dancers live in light the way fish live in water," -- Jean Rosenthal

"It is better to have pizza you don't want than to want pizza you don't have," -- Jeffrey E. Salzberg


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