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Mikhail Baryshnikov Quotes


25 Mikhail Baryshnikov quotes:



"Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him."
"Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already."
"I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people."
"I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing."
"I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant."
"I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying."
"It's weird when you see pieces of choreography that were done for you 15 or 20 years ago and now they are being done by another dance company."
"People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience."
"The Russian people get so insanely close to each other as friends. Their lives are interrelated so much on an everyday basis."
"To walk across the street is a risk."
"Working is living to me."
"I am not the first straight dancer or the last."
"I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans."
"Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great."
"Dancing is my obsession. My life."
"Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important."
"I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else."
"I go a lot to see young people downtown in little theaters. It's great. If you start somebody's career, it's so exciting."
"I have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets, but that is what a dancer's work is."
"I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don't hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey."



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