This post comes from a dear friend, Allen Bernard, who thought Mary Anthony should be honored especially by Cincinnatians and Northern Kentuckians.
And, I’ll be darned, Mary Price Boday! You never told us you were a writer, a biographer of A Dancer’s Journey. Is it published yet? Please let us all know. I will put a link for your writing as I did with Stuart Hodes’ memoir among others (Richard Holden’s story is available to read for free online)
I did not encounter Mary Anthony in this lifetime, yet I surely honor her gifts of expression. That final line in A. Kisselgoff’s writing resonates powerfully with me: “Find a verse of poetry and become it.”
Thank you, Mary
photo by Milton Oleaga, c. 71
Lobsang Pamo is her name
Eating haters is her game
She works only for Peace amongst all
Appears to others as weak and small
A dancer photographed by M. Baryshnikov
“I am the enemy of ballet, which I look upon as false, absurd, and outside the domain of art. I thank God that a cruel destiny did not inflict on me the career of a ballet dancer”—Isadora Duncan in “My Life”, 1928
Is the Narrow Path to Transcendence Worth the Later Physical Ailments in a Dancer’s Life?
“Dancing is the perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire”—anonymous
Don’t know the photographer . . . I think Julian will be thrilled to see his picture snatched for our view . . . precious boy . . . check him out on Facebook. I think he’s 14 now.
“The ballet is simply a lewd performance”—Leo Tolstoy
“Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.”—George Balanchine in Newsweek 1964
Alexandra Danilova and Serge Lifar
(on Martha Graham’s performance)
“I’m afraid she is going to give birth to a cube.”—Stark Young