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Mikhail Baryshnikov Quotes & Sayings
27 entries tagged including 4 subtopics.
Last updated Apr 2021
Mikhail Baryshnikov Topics
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to to dance better than myself.
You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.
Working is living to me.
To walk across the street is a risk.
To achieve some depth in your field requires a lot of sacrifices. Want to or not, you're thinking about what you're doing in life-in my case, dancing.
The Russian people get so insanely close to each other as friends. Their lives are interrelated so much on an everyday basis.
People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience.
No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.
It's what's left in life, to work with interesting people.
It's weird when you see pieces of choreography that were done for you 15 or 20 years ago and now they are being done by another dance company.
I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying.
I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.
I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.
I really reject that kind of comparison that says, Oh, he is the best. This is the second best. There is no such thing.
I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography.
I have some Russian friends. But probably only 10 percent. I don't hang out usually in the big Russian communities in Brooklyn and New Jersey.
I have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets, but that is what a dancer's work is.
I go a lot to see young people downtown in little theaters. It's great. If you start somebody's career, it's so exciting.
I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.
I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people.
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