Agnes De Mille Quotes

Famous sayings by Agnes de Mille


Ballet technique is arbitrary and very difficult. It never becomes easy--it becomes possible. The effort involved in making a dancer's body is so long and relentless, in many instances painful, the effort to maintain the technique so grueling that unless a certain satisfaction is derived from the disciplining and the punishing, the pace could not be maintained.
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Dance constitutes a true recapturing of freedom and childish play.
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The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.
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Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.
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The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.
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When you perform you are out of your self, larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is is glory on earth. And it is yours for the taking.
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When I dance I am really meditating rather then performing for an audience. I am completely absorbed by the music and the steps. I choose to respond to the music.
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