Twyla Tharp Quotes


30 Twyla Tharp quotes:



"I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury."
"I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn't."
"Any comic is a tragic soul. Comedy is one of the things that allows one to survive. Particularly if one has been in the process of separating off the emotions, it's one place you can process them."
"I have not wanted to intimidate audiences. I have not wanted my dancing to be an elitist form. That doesn't mean I haven't wanted it to be excellent."
"I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter."
"I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand."
"In terms of individuals who actually inspired me, very few of the academic people that I had access to had that power over me. Maybe it's simply because I wasn't that committed to geometry."
"The necessity to constantly turn in an excellent performance, to be absolutely wedded to this dedication and this ideal means that as a child you're going to pay for it personally."
"The rewards of dancing are very different from choreographing."
"Dance has never been a particularly easy life, and everybody knows that."
"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."
"There's this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything."
"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."
"I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That's a great gift."
"I thought I had to make an impact on history. I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission. Posterity deals with us however it sees fit. But I gave it 20 years of my best shot."
"In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women. as they are still today, A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them."
"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."
"The formal education that I received made little sense to me."
"The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts."
"A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things."



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