Choreography Quotes

Quotes about the beauty and art of creating dances


Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and don't think so much about it. Just make something interesting.
George Balanchine

Good choreography fuses eye, ear and mind.
Arlene Croce

A choreographic idea flows only as fast as the initiator can communicate it to bodies and see them realize it.
Marcia B. Siegal

I’m not interested in a group of people with some sort of incredible homogeny,a group that can do the movement I want. I’m interested in people who can take the movement somewhere.
Graeme Murphy

God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it – from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do...
George Balanchine

The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.
Mikhail Baryshnikov

I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly.
Twyla Tharp

I could never make a ballet by wrinkling my brow and concentrating.  If you set out deliberately to make a masterpiece, how will you ever get it finished?
George Balanchine

The choreographer cannot deliberately make a ballet to appeal to an audience, he has to start from personal inspirations. He has to trust the ballet, to let it stand on its own strengths or fall on its weaknesses. If it reaches the audience, then he is lucky that round!
Gerald Arpino

I think Balanchine and Robbins talk to God and when I call, he's out to lunch.
Bob Fosse

I don't want dancers who want to dance. I want dancers who have to dance.
George Balanchine

Dances without purpose have false starts and stops.
Hanya Holm

Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.
George Balanchine

Choreography is mentally draining, but there’s a pleasure in getting in the studio with dancers and the music.
Alvin Ailey