Ruth St. Denis Quotes
But in reality we are accompanied by the whole dancing universe.
I have performed for thousands when they found me exotic, the vogue, daring, but I have danced, at any given time, for about ten people... They were the ones that left the theater forever different from the way they were when they came in. All of my long, long life, I have danced for those ten.
I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what it too deep, too fine for words.
It is not a question of who dances but of who or what does not dance.
It is this mission of the dancer to contribute to the betterment of all mankind.
Our bodies are at once the receiving and transmitting stations for life itself. It is the highest wisdom to recognize this fact and train our bodies to render them sensitive and responsive to nature, art and religion. Ruth St. Denis
It was then that my religious consciousness emerged to flower years afterward into definite forms of religious dancing in which there is no sense of division between spirit and flesh, religion and art.
As we rise higher in the understanding of ourselves, the national and racial dissonances will be forgotten in the universal rhythms of Truth and Love.
The real message of the Dance opens up the vistas of life to all who have the urge to express beauty with no other instrument than their own bodies, with no apparatus and no dependence on anything other than space.
We should realize in a vivid and revolutionary sense that we are not in our bodies but our bodies are in us.
When you are fifty, you're neither young nor old; you're just uninteresting. When you are sixty, and still dancing, you become something of a curiosity. And boy! if you hit seventy, and can still get a foot off the ground, you're phenomenal!
You and I are but specks of that rhythmic urge which is Brahma, which is Allah, which is God.