Nagging Contemplative Quotes


A dancer photographed by M. Baryshnikov

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?

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.

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

Pina Bausch

Pina Bausch

“Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.”—George Balanchine in Newsweek 1964

AlexandraDanilova&SergeLifar

Alexandra Danilova and Serge Lifar

(on Martha Graham’s performance)

“I’m afraid she is going to give birth to a cube.”—Stark Young

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