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" A commission is an invitation to fall in love. "
" 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. "
" There's the tradition of the 19th-century ballets, and the 20th century has had a difficult time with that tradition. And it's had a difficult time with many components of the Romantic imagination because of modernism. "
" Ultimately there is no such thing as failure. There are lessons learned in different ways. "
" When I say I can see through clothes, sometimes I try to use it as an X-ray vision to look into the dancer and see who this dancer is right now, at this exact moment in time. I live inside them in a way. "
" 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. "
" Nobody worked harder than Mozart. By the time he was twenty-eight years old, his hands were deformed because of all the hours he had spent practicing, performing, and gripping a quill pen to compose. That's the missing element in the popular portrait of Mozart. "
" Schubert had arguably the same melodic gift as Mozart, but even less support. He didn't have the early exposure, never got to travel anywhere, and yet generated and amassed a body of work that grew and developed and is very profound. "
" After so many years, I've learned that being creative is a full-time job with its own daily patterns. That's why writers, for example, like to establish routines for themselves. "
" 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. "
" My dancers expect me to deliver because my choreography represents their livelihood. "
" These days, I think we could all agree that having a just-friend is not a bad thing. "
" Dance should not just divide people into audience and performers. Everyone should be a participant, whether going to classes or attending special events or rehearsals. "
" Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits. "
" My father always said, 'I don't care if you're a ditch digger, as long as you're the best ditch digger in the world.' "
" You can only generate ideas when you put pencil to paper, brush to canvas... when you actually do something physical. "
" I think Tolstoy had an unbelievably complicated relationship with women. "
" When I started making dances in the '60s, narrative dance was sort of off the radar screen. What was important at the time in the avant-garde was minimalism. "
" A dancer's life is all about repetition. "
" The artist doesn't really think about consequences - he or she does the work, stands back and looks at and thinks, 'Hmm, that could have worked better like this.' But as a person who needs to sell tickets to do the next work, one needs to analyze how it does or does not hit its mark. "
" 'Bum's Rush' is a piece about timing, and everything that's in the piece needs to be with the piece. If people are missing, or marking, or unable to use their voices, the impulses that prompt the action are lost, and its logic crumbles. "
" I have a sort of tactility about music. I go into record stores and just run my fingers over it, the spines. "
" I always find that the best collaborations are when you work with people that know what they're doing, and you leave them alone to do it. "
" I am fairly concise when I work and I work quickly because I think work is done better in a high gear than done our in a gear when everyone's exhausted. Get focused, do it! "
" Art is an investigation. "
" I'm obviously always interested in the dancer who's an athlete and vice versa. I expect dancers to be in condition like an athlete is and to challenge themselves in the same way, to the same physical degree. "
" Kids should be encouraged to compete. "
" What we want from modern dance is courage and audacity. "
" 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. "
" In dreams, anything can be anything, and everybody can do. We can fly, we can turn upside down, we can transform into anything. "
" Walt Disney was a master of the human psychology. His sense of timing, sense of speed. In a sense, those cartoons are like Rorschach tests. "