George Balanchine Famous Quotes & Sayings

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38 George Balanchine Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

George Balanchine Sayings: See the music, hear the dance. See the music, hear the dance.
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George Balanchine Sayings: God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it - from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do.
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George Balanchine Sayings: What are you waiting for? What are you saving for? Now is all there is. What are you waiting for? What are you saving for? Now is all there is.
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George Balanchine Sayings: The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself. The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.
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George Balanchine Sayings: I don't have a past. I have a continuous present. The past is part of I don't have a past. I have a continuous present. The past is part of the present, just as the future is. We exist in time.
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George Balanchine Sayings: I have no literary approach - except to literature. I have no literary approach - except to literature.
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George Balanchine Sayings: In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell ... we can't dance synonyms. In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell ... we can't dance synonyms.
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George Balanchine Sayings: We must first realize that dancing is an absolutely independent art, not merely a secondary We must first realize that dancing is an absolutely independent art, not merely a secondary accompanying one. I believe that it is one of the great arts ... The important thing in ballet is the movement itself. A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle ... is the essential element. The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye. It's the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician.
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George Balanchine Sayings: I can always invent movement, and sometimes it can be fitted into the right place, 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.
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George Balanchine Sayings: Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and don't think so much Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and don't think so much about it. Just make something interesting.
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George Balanchine Sayings: I could never make a ballet by wrinkling my brow and concentrating. If you set I could never make a ballet by wrinkling my brow and concentrating. If you set out deliberately to make a masterpiece, how will you ever get it finished?
George Balanchine Sayings: One is born to be a great dancer. One is born to be a great dancer.
George Balanchine Sayings: Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for - for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now.
George Balanchine Sayings: The woman's function is to fascinate men. The woman's function is to fascinate men.
George Balanchine Sayings: I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance. I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.
George Balanchine Sayings: Ballet will speak for itself. About itself. Ballet will speak for itself. About itself.
George Balanchine Sayings: Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.
George Balanchine Sayings: I cannot move, I cannot even want to move, unless I hear the music first. I cannot move, I cannot even want to move, unless I hear the music first.
George Balanchine Sayings: It's like the time capsule with everything in it. Or like the seed that when It's like the time capsule with everything in it. Or like the seed that when you plant it, becomes the enormous tree with leaves and fruit. Everybody was in that little seed, and so everything can open. The tree of dance is like that. It just takes a long, long time to blossom.
George Balanchine Sayings: Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays. Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.
George Balanchine Sayings: Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policeman, always alert, always tense. Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policeman, always alert, always tense. But i dont agree with that because policeman don't have to look beautiful at the same time *
George Balanchine Sayings: Put a man and a girl on stage and there is already a story; a Put a man and a girl on stage and there is already a story; a man and two girls, there's already a plot.
George Balanchine Sayings: One is born to be a dancer. No teacher can work miracles, nor will years One is born to be a dancer. No teacher can work miracles, nor will years of training make a good dancer of an untalented pupil. One may be able to acquire a certain technical facility, but no one can ever 'acquire an exceptional talent.' I have never prided myself on having an unusually gifted pupil. A Pavlova is no one's pupil but God's.
George Balanchine Sayings: Ballet is important and significant - yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure. Ballet is important and significant - yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure.
George Balanchine Sayings: The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.
George Balanchine Sayings: My muse must come to me on union time. My muse must come to me on union time.
George Balanchine Sayings: First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you're very lucky and have said First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you're very lucky and have said your prayers.
George Balanchine Sayings: Music must be seen, and dance must be heard Music must be seen, and dance must be heard
George Balanchine Sayings: Storyless is not abstract. Two dancers on the stage are enough material for a story; Storyless is not abstract. Two dancers on the stage are enough material for a story; for me, they are already a story in themselves
George Balanchine Sayings: If you don't feel challenged, it's because you're not doing enough. Ballet should never feel If you don't feel challenged, it's because you're not doing enough. Ballet should never feel comfortable. Comfortable is lazy! If you're comfortable when you dance, you're not pushing yourself hard enough. 100 % is not enough. You have to give 200%. One tendu takes years of hard work and will never be perfect. Everything in ballet is a challenge.
George Balanchine Sayings: Ballet dancing is arduous, strenuous activity. Students are engaged in physical training that rivals the Ballet dancing is arduous, strenuous activity. Students are engaged in physical training that rivals the training Olympic athletes undergo. At the same time, they strive for physical perfection not for the prowess alone but as a way of achieving the means necessary to express the pure nature of their art.
George Balanchine Sayings: In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better.
George Balanchine Sayings: They are poets of gesture. They are poets of gesture.
George Balanchine Sayings: Your eyes is camera and your brain is a file cabinet. Your eyes is camera and your brain is a file cabinet.
George Balanchine Sayings: I am a cloud - in trousers. I am a cloud - in trousers.
George Balanchine Sayings: The pointes for girls, I always say, have to be like an elephant's trunk; strong The pointes for girls, I always say, have to be like an elephant's trunk; strong and yet flexible and soft.
George Balanchine Sayings: I've got more energy now than when I was younger because I know exactly what I've got more energy now than when I was younger because I know exactly what I want to do.
George Balanchine Sayings: Dance is music made visible Dance is music made visible