"When you do dance, I wish you A wave o' th' sea, that you might ever do Nothing but that." The Winter's Tale (IV, iv, 159-161)
"There’s always some kind of flaw in things. But it’s good because then I want to keep going. If I did a perfect dance I think I’d quit, you know? It’s a goal"
"An artist must possess nature. He must identify himself with his rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language."
“A single style, a single dance ‘handwriting,’ which manifests itself most clearly in the harmonious plasticity of movement and the expressiveness of the arms, in the responsive suppleness and at the same time the iron aplomb of the body, in the noble and natural placement of the head — and these are the distinctive traits of... Continue Reading →
"The one important thing I have learnt over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking oneself seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous."
"What I wanted to put on stage had to have more reality than much of what I was seeing in the 1940s and 50s … Little of what I was seeing then had any contact with a real world of feeling and human behaviour. Ballet looked like window-dressing. I wanted to make ballets in which... Continue Reading →