Twyla Tharp Quotes

I learned very early that an audience would relax and look at things differently if they felt they could laugh with you from time to time. There's an energy that comes through the release of tension that is laughter... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I never studied with Balanchine, but his work was very important to me... view

By: Twyla Tharp

A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things... view

By: Twyla Tharp

Any comic is a tragic soul. Comedy is one of the things that allows one to survive. Particularly if one has been in the process of separating off the emotions, it's one place you can process them... view

By: Twyla Tharp

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home... view

By: Twyla Tharp

Dance has never been a particularly easy life, and everybody knows that... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I don't mean this, but I'm going to say it anyway. I don't really think of pop art and serious art as being that far apart... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I don't think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that's where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I have not wanted to intimidate audiences. I have not wanted my dancing to be an elitist form. That doesn't mean I haven't wanted it to be excellent... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I have the wherewithal to challenge myself for my entire life. That's a great gift... view

By: Twyla Tharp

In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women. as they are still today, A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them... view

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The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts... view

By: Twyla Tharp

In terms of individuals who actually inspired me, very few of the academic people that I had access to had that power over me. Maybe it's simply because I wasn't that committed to geometry... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I'm not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn't... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I would have to challenge the term, modern dance. I don't really use that term in relation to my work. I simply think of it as dancing. I think of it as moving... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I was privileged to be able to study a year with Martha Graham, the last year she was teaching... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I thought I had to make an impact on history. I had to become the greatest choreographer of my time. That was my mission. Posterity deals with us however it sees fit. But I gave it 20 years of my best shot... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I think that anyone who's pushed to do the very best that they can is privileged. It's a luxury... view

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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... view

By: Twyla Tharp

It is extremely arrogant and very foolish to think that you can ever outwit your audience... view

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It was not until I had graduated from college that I made a professional commitment to it. Frankly, I didn't think it wise. I was my own interior parental force, and it's very difficult to justify a profession as a dancer... view

By: Twyla Tharp

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... view

By: Twyla Tharp

Optimism with some experience behind it is much more energizing than plain old experience with a certain degree of cynicism... view

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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... view

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The rewards of dancing are very different from choreographing... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand... view

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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... view

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With each piece I've completed I have worked to make it intact, and each of them has been an equal high. It's like children. A mother refuses to pick out one as a favorite, and I can't do any better with the dances... view

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The formal education that I received made little sense to me... view

By: Twyla Tharp

I often say that in making dances I can make a world where I think things are done morally, done democratically, done honestly... view

By: Twyla Tharp