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Twyla Tharp Quote: “I do everything I know how in a dance.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Without passion, all the skill in the world won’t lift you above craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I’m beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “The great ones never take fundamentals for granted.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I’m willing to be regarded as a tyrant to keep my vision intact.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I understand things that are American, for better or worse.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “There really is nothing I ever had access to that I didn’t appreciate.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “There’s this expression called postmodernism, which is kind of silly, and destroys a perfectly good word called modern, which now no longer means anything.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “In the end all collaborations are love stories.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I was fortunate to love men, so I could put them on stage and make roles for them, and move through their bodies in a way that they enjoy doing.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission, and that’s what I set out to do.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “One clear difference between art and commercial work is that commercial work is exploitive: the work may be high quality but the intention is to sell product or tickets. Art exists with or without ticket sales.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Our guys have a vision of something bigger.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I can’t emphasize this idea enough. Getting involved with your collaborator’s problems almost always distracts you from your own. That can be tempting. That can be a relief. But it usually leads to disaster.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Art is an investigation.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “That’s what improvising is like for me. There’s no tollbooth between my impulse and my action.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “In the not-for-profit world, there can be wastefulness because there’s not the desperate urgency of when you’re on a clock.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Dance has never been a particularly easy life, and everybody knows that.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “In those long and sleepless nights when I’m unable to shake my fears sufficiently, I borrow a biblical epigraph from Dostoyevsky’s The Demons: I see my fears being cast into the bodies of wild boars and hogs, and I watch them rush to a cliff where they fall to their deaths.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “When I’m in the studio, when I’m warm, when I’m what people call improvising, I feel a very special connection. I feel the most right. I don’t want to become too mystic about this, but things feel as though they’re in the best order at that particular moment.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “This is not a pleasant route for many young people to consider. You have to be either hopelessly passionate, or very stupid.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “A commission is an invitation to fall in love.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “The formal education that I received made little sense to me.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “The way I enjoyed spending time most was dancing. That’s from the time I was a very small child, When I was 4 or 5 years old, I remember already having a regime. It was the way I always identified myself.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I was privileged to be able to study a year with Martha Graham, the last year she was teaching.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Judgment is not my business. Existing is my business.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “The necessity to constantly turn in an excellent performance, to be absolutely wedded to this dedication and this ideal means that as a child you’re going to pay for it personally.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I think people want very much to simplify their lives enough so that they can control the things that make it possible to sleep at night.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I think of music as fuel, its spectrum of energy governed by tempi, volume, and heart.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Creativity is more about taking the facts, fictions, and feelings we store away and finding new ways to connect them.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Too much planning implies you’ve got it all under control. That’s boring, unrealistic, and dangerous.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I don’t believe in rushing and saying this is done and over with. That form of rebellion doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve always attempted to familiarize myself with the traditions, and consider that a responsibility of the artist.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Men and women are very different athletes, and frankly, I didn’t want to deal with the male potential.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I write. I have read a great deal. I enjoy books. I like the wit of languages. Even French I like. I like to be able to think in different modes. I like to be able to use the language a great deal and carry on rehearsals in French.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Dance is the stepchild of the arts.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “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 Quote: “There is obviously a power and a truth in action that doesn’t lie, which words easily can do.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Easily acquired. Inexpensive. Perfectly functional. Portable. Identifiable. Disposable. Eternal enough. These are my criteria for the perfect storage system. And I’ve found the answer in the simple file box.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I feel I can handle the architecture of dance as well as anybody.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Later in life, one of the compensations is gliding effortlessly into focus in a thing. Since it is who we are, anything that is not the focus or supportive thereof is just not us. Even outside issues, when they arise, are interesting in that they only help define the focus more clearly.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I began ear training when I was about six months old. My mother was a concert pianist, and she started all of her children with music before they were a year old. Then she began to see that I had a musical gift.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I think a sense of humor will help get a girl out of a dark place.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Energy and time are finite resources; conserving them is very important.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “There’s an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Limits are a secret blessing, and bounty can be a curse.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “We’re a machine and we have to be worked in the same way we have to be fed.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “My mother was a dominant force in my life. She had a very specific idea about education, which was: you should know everything about everything. It was quite simple. There was no exclusivity, and there really was no judgment.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “Like creativity, collaboration is a habit – and one I encourage you to develop.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “The routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightening bold of inspiration, maybe more. And this routine is available to everyone.”
Twyla Tharp Quote: “I’m much stronger than most women. When I work with men, or when I’m partnered by men, we can actually go into kinds of movement that haven’t been available before, simply because I’ve strengthened myself as a woman, not because I’ve weakened him.”
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