When I miss class for one day, I know it. When I miss class for two days, my teacher knows it. When I miss class for three days, the audience knows it.— Rudolf Nureyev
Exciting Choreograph quotations
Solo dancing does not exist: the dancer dances with the floor: add another dancer and you have a quartet: each dance with the other and each with the floor.
I'm not interested in fame and glory.
It's just that I would like others to know what a happy dance this is.
When I first began choreographing, I never thought of it as choreography but as expressing feelings. Though every piece is different, they are all trying to get at certain things that are difficult to put into words. In the work, everything belongs to everything else - the music, the set, the movement and whatever is said.
Our arms start from the back because they were once wings.
If words were adequate to describe fully what the dance can do, there would be no reason for all the mighty muscular effort, the discomfort, the sweat and the splendors of that art.
Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.
The body says what words cannot.
I saw the dance as a vision of ineffable power.
A man could, with dignity and a towering majesty, dance. Not mince, cavort, do "fancy dancing" or "showoff" steps. No: Dance as Michelangelo's visions dance and as the music of Bach dances.
Choreography is simpler than you think.
Just go and do, and don't think so much about it. Just make something interesting.
Dance is not an exercise. Dance is an art.
I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other.
Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere.
No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
Parkour teaches you to be sure of what you are able to do.
Are you a stingy breather? Well, don't be. Be extravagant with you breathing and come fully alive.
Just the pleasure of moving and the pleasure of using your body is, I think, maybe the main point. And the pleasure of dancing with somebody in an unplanned and spontaneous way, when you're free to invent and they're free to invent and you're neither one hampering the other - that's a very pleasant social form.
Stay hungry to become the best that you can be.
Never be satisfied with the level of artistry you've attained. You can always be better.
Failure: Is it a limitation? Bad timing? It's a lot of things.
It's something you can't be afraid of, because you'll stop growing. The next step beyond failure could be your biggest success in life.
If you dance with your heart, your body will follow.
Animals cannot speak, but can you and I not speak for them and represent them? Let us all feel their silent cry of agony and let us all help that cry to be heard in the world.
The person drawn to dance as profession is notoriously unintellectual.
He thinks with his muscles, delights in expression with body, not words; finds analysis painful and boring; and is a creature of physical ebullience.
Strong and convincing art has never arisen from theories.
Making dances is an act of progress; it is an act of growth, an act of music, an act of teaching, an act of celebration, an act of joy.
Good choreography fuses eye, ear and mind.
Movement should be approached like life - with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude - for movement is life, and life is movement, and we get out of it what we put into it.
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 whocan take the movement somewhere.
A dancer should learn from all the arts.
Go to museums and look at the paintings. See how they balance things. Everything you do in the arts enriches you.
I don't get boy bands these days. Thye don't write their own songs and everything is choreographed from their dance moves to how they have sex with each other after the show.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.
A painter is a choreographer of space.
The choreographic process is exhausting.
It happens on one's feet after hours of work, and the energy required is roughly the equivalent of writing a novel and winning a tennis match simultaneously.
I think Balanchine and Robbins talk to God and when I call, he's out to lunch.
Dances without purpose have false starts and stops.
Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
I can one day do dance, and the next maybe do a movie, and then maybe I can choreograph, or work with different photographers for fashion shoots, or different art forms. You're never stuck. You're going at a different level. You're sucking in things, rather than closing. You're trying things out.