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" Young women today, as in the fifties, find themselves entering the big world and having to make choices. "
" 'The Leaves Are Fading' had something of a vogue when Antony Tudor made it in 1975, largely because of Gelsey Kirkland's ravishing performance. "
" Twyla Tharp set her sights on ballet, and ballet, hungry for major talent, succumbed. "
" Martha Graham, along with George Balanchine, is one of the two commanding figures in 20th-century American dance. For those much younger than I am, her genius as a performer will have to be taken on faith - and on the always-suspect evidence of film. What will last, if things go well, is her genius as a choreographer, as a woman of the theater. "
" One of the eternal mysteries of ballet is how untalented choreographers find backers for their work, and then find good dancers to perform in it. Is it irresistible charm? Chutzpah? Pure determination? Blackmail? Or are so many supposedly knowledgeable people just plain blind? "
" For me, the real pleasure in writing is in having an excuse to pursue my curiosity about people who have meant something to me. "
" Diana Vishneva is not only a magnificent dancer but a magnificent actress - no one works harder or understands more. "
" 'Empty Moves' is elegantly and coolly inventive. Two pairs of dancers shadow each other in slow, deliberate rearrangements and manipulations of legs and torsos, only occasionally switching partners or breaking free of the formal patterning. "
" 'Beloved Renegade' is a meditation on Walt Whitman, on tenderness, on dying. "
" The man Dickens, whom the world at large thought it knew, stood for all the Victorian virtues - probity, kindness, hard work, sympathy for the down-trodden, the sanctity of domestic life - even as his novels exposed the violence, hypocrisy, greed, and cruelty of the Victorian age. "
" Acting has changed since the nineteen-forties. "
" We all need each other in publishing to make publishing work for authors in a variety of formats now and in the future. Anyone who thinks publishers don't bring anything to the table has a very narrow view and lack of knowledge about the industry as a whole. "
" Schumann's 'Quintet in E flat for Piano and Strings' is one of the sublime moments in Romantic music. "
" Either 'Deuce Coupe' has aged badly, or I have. I suspect it's the latter. "
" In traditional 'Swan Lakes,' it's Prince Siegfried's 21st-birthday celebration, his coming-of-age. The entire court, from his mother the Queen on down, is on hand. "
" Almost the first thing you see after entering the Houdini exhibition at the Jewish Museum is a large-screen film of Harry Houdini hanging by his ankles upside-down from a tall building, high over a sea of men in fedoras, and thrashing his way out of a straitjacket. "
" Just as I was turning fifteen, in the spring of 1946, my parents took me to see 'The Glass Menagerie,' well into its year-long run. I had seen a number of shows on Broadway by then, but nothing like this - because there was nothing like this on Broadway. "
" Ballet is like any other art form in that we all start out knowing nothing about it. "
" Editing requires you to be always open, always responding. It is very important, for example, not to allow yourself to want the writer to write a certain kind of book. Sometimes that's hard. "
" At a certain point, you have to face the fact that you've turned into an old fart. "
" Nobody could call the work of Noche Flamenca & Soledad Barrio pallid. "
" When you can't follow a ballet's action, you can always read the program notes. "
" Dance Theatre of Harlem has done a lot of good things well, a lot of good things badly, and a lot of bad things - it doesn't matter how. "
" What really matters is that 'Black Swan' deploys and exaggerates all the cliches of earlier ballet movies, especially 'The Red Shoes,' another tale of a ballerina driven mad and suicidal. "
" As for the once-revolutionary 'Agon,' after more than half a century, its lessons and revelations have been so absorbed into the language of ballet that it now seems almost conventional. "
" The heart of the classical repertory is the Tchaikovsky-Petipa 'Sleeping Beauty,' and no ballet is harder to get right. "
" There is no consolation for anyone in the Scott Peterson story, and no final illumination. "
" Without a Prospero-Caliban relationship to balance the Prospero-Ariel one, 'The Tempest' loses much of its resonance. "
" Increasingly, editing means going to lunch. It means editing with a credit card, not with a pencil. "
" Ladies: You have to support an infant with a hand under its head. "
" As an editor, I have to be tactful, of course. "