Ugly ducklings don't turn into swans and glide off down the lake. Whether your sunglasses are on or off, you only see the world you make.— Bonnie Raitt
Fantastic Swan Lake quotations
“He shed a lake of blood and murdered a king for a cold, lonely throne.”
I have had so many great moments, but I would have to say that dancing the Swan in 'Swan Lake' was such a unique and passionate experience for me. It was such bloody hard work, even at that very early age, that I would not want to try to replicate it again now.
I think it requires a bit of honesty, Swan Lake.
You cannot dance an arabesque in 'Swan Lake' and 'Nutcracker' the same way.
The evening advanced. The shadows lengthened. The waters of the lake grew pitchy black. The gliding of the ghostly swans became rare and more rare.
Swan Lake is the most difficult thing to portray for a female ballet dancer;
it really requires such specific qualities of articulation, agility, strength, and the arm work is something that takes a lot of training.
Technical things are getting more mechanical.
Take 'Swan Lake,' the Black Swan pas de deux. Now, my goodness, they're turning not just 32 fouettes - but double or triple pirouettes.
There's a double beauty whenever a swan Swims on a lake with her double thereon.
Those who awaken never rest in one place.
Like swans, they rise and leave the lake. On the air they rise and fly an invisible course. Their food is knowledge. They live on emptiness. They have seen how to break free. Who can follow them?
I had seen the ballet of Swan Lake as a child but it was as an adult, when I saw a production featuring Erik Bruhn, that I first noticed how significant a part the ever-present threat of violence played. This juxtaposition of great beauty and grace with a backdrop of pure evil stayed with me for years.
Would you just strap some toe shoes on and dance 'Swan Lake?' No.
Would you just put a violin in your hand and - ? No. I felt that way about acting, and I was taught to feel that way. I didn't come to it on my own.
Evolution writ large is the belief that a cloud of hydrogen will spontaneously invent extreme-ultraviolet lithography, perform Swan Lake, and write all the books in the British Museum.
The radio station was playing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, a sure sign that things were much worse than they appeared.
Those who have high thoughts are ever striving;
they are not happy to remain in the same place. Like swans that leave their lake and rise into the air, they leave their home and fly for a higher home.
I believe I am yet to dance my favorite role, but I am pretty open to adapting to different characters. I would love to be Odette in Swan Lake one day. I think that would be the ultimate role.
I remember watching Swan Lake and everybody looking exactly the same, but being able to relate because they were the only company I had ever seen even on video that had Asian dancers. The Asian community in Hawaii is actually almost as dominant as the Caucasian community. I thought "I can relate to that company because they look like people that I see every day." They weren't all little stick-thin Russian ballerinas.
Let beeves and home-bred kine partake The sweets of Burn-mill meadow;
The swan on still St. Mary's Lake Float double, swan and shadow!