Mikhail Baryshnikov Quotes


25 Mikhail Baryshnikov quotes:



"I am not the first straight dancer or the last."
"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."
"I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography."
"It's what's left in life, to work with interesting people."
"You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing."
"I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans."
"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 have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets, but that is what a dancer's work is."
"I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people."
"Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him."
"I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant."
"To walk across the street is a risk."
"Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great."
"Dancing is my obsession. My life."
"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."
"To achieve some depth in your field requires a lot of sacrifices. Want to or not, you're thinking about what you're doing in life-in my case, dancing."
"Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already."
"I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying."
"People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience."



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