quote by Pina Bausch

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.

— Pina Bausch

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There's no thinking involved in my choreography.

.. I don't work through images or ideas. I work through the body... If the dancer dances, which is not the same as having theories about dancing or wishing to dance or trying to dance, everything is there. When I dance, it means: this is what I am doing.

Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.

Do it big, do it right, and do it with style.

The Dance: A minimum of explanation, a minimum of anecdotes - and a maximum of sensations.

Master technique and then forget about it and be natural.

Choreography is simpler than you think.

Just go and do, and don't think so much about it. Just make something interesting.

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.

Do you know what it took for Balanchine to put me, a black man, on stage with a white woman? This was 1957, before civil rights. He showed me how to take her [holding her delicately by the wrist]. He said, ‘put your hand on top.’ The skin colors were part of the choreography. He saw what was going to happen in the world and put it on stage.

Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.

Good choreography fuses eye, ear and mind.

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.

When working on my choreography I am not always receptive to outside suggestions or opinions. I believe that if you have something in mind in the way of a creation, such as a new dance, a sequence, or an effect, you are certain to come up with inaccurate criticism and damaging results if you go around asking for opinions.

Dance is a song of the body. Either of joy or pain.

Sometimes I go and I'll look at people's comments and then responses, covers, choreography and fan videos and after a couple hours it's like, uhhh this is a little like...I'm like don't indulge in right now.

I can always invent movement, and sometimes it can be fitted into the right place, but that is not choreography. It is the music that dictates the whole shape of the work. I do not believe in the permanence of anything in ballet save the purely classical.

Choreography is writing on your feet.

We had the skirts with the slits up the side, sort of tough, sort of Spanish Harlem cool, but sweet too.

Many other women have kicked higher, balanced longer, or turned faster.

These are poor substitutes for passion.

Dance... enjoy each step along the way.

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

I've been designing since I was 8. I started sketching dresses I could wear when skating. I was always involved in all aspects of skating, not just the technique, the choreography, the music, but the visual aspects, too - what I should wear.

I learnt a lot from my Broadway experience, it was one of the most challenging things I will probably ever have to do in my entire life, because it was eight shows a week - live singing with really hard choreography - and the spontaneity, you don't know what's going to happen.

Dancers are the messengers of the gods.

For me, choreography is a process of physical thinking. It's very much in mind as well as in body.

I had certain physical limitations that made me change the choreography for myself or made me more interested in choreography only rather than dancing. I have never been a person who wanted to just dance. I have always been interested in developing for other people.

Then came the choreography... the impact of music and choreography tends to really emphasize an overall feeling of what you really want out of the program.

I tell stories through dance, and I think that's why I'm so attracted to the theatre because even the choreography in theatre moves the plot forward at all times.

Anyone who says the Backstreet Boys can't sing is crazy.

They're probably just reading some highbrow critic who hates anyone the general public embraces. I'm sorry, but those boys sing their butts off. They work hard on their choreography, and on their harmonies. Their tracks are tight and solid. Their songs are musical and memorable.

Dances without purpose have false starts and stops.

Idol has pretty much taken me out of my recording and out of my choreography.

I have managed to slip in some choreography jobs. And I've been writing songs for other artists.

Chaos comes before all principles of order &

entropy, it's neither a god nor a maggot, its idiotic desires encompass & define every possible choreography, all meaningless aethers & phlogistons: its masks are crystallizations of its own facelessness, like clouds.

I believe that friendship, like love, of which it is a particular kind, requires nearly as much art as a successful choreography.

Even if you perform with a great choreography, or a part of a great group, I believe you can’t imitate people’s aura.

I don't try to dance better than anybody but myself.

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