Twyla Tharp Quotes


30 Twyla Tharp quotes:



"A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things."
"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."
"Dance has never been a particularly easy life, and everybody knows that."
"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 don't think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that's where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies."
"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 have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That's a great gift."
"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 never studied with Balanchine, but his work was very important to me."
"I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I was privileged to be able to study a year with Martha Graham, the last year she was teaching."
"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."
"I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn't."
"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."
"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."
"With each piece I've completed I have worked to make it intact, and each of them has been an equal high. It's like children. A mother refuses to pick out one as a favorite, and I can't do any better with the dances."
"I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury."



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