Even the ears must dance.
Dancers, many dancers today can do so much technically. You can give them steps that are complicated, then more complicated, pyrotechnical - and they can execute these steps to perfection. But to do simple steps with a pure classical line, that is truly difficult.
A real ballerina must fill her space with her own personality.
I recently learn a new word: insatiable. That's me.
It is the body, subject to the harmony of the steps it is executing, which speaks. And it speaks to the heart in as direct a language as does music.
It's not possible to be perfect - you can always do something better. I'm never proud of what I've done. Sometimes, I'm not ashamed.
The expression should come from within oneself, conveying the spiritual - something between earth and heaven. And if one runs, one should not seem to touch the ground.
To look back all the time is boring. Excitement lies in tomorrow.
You cannot dance an arabesque in 'Swan Lake' and 'Nutcracker' the same way.
Dance involves physicality, it involves spirituality and even brains.
What I am looking for is a masterpiece. I don't want to waste my time. I am tired of experiments.
I prepare myself very intensely. I am at the theatre four hours before the performance. It allows for complete concentration and preparation.
Being spontaneous, it’s what saved me,
I was born to be a ballerina - my physique, my spirit, my feeling for music. What I am can only be expressed in dance. I am an erotic woman and that's what dance is.
Because my profession is the body, it is a relaxation for me to get out of physicality and concentrate on more mental things.
All ballet, all reading, all music. That was my world, my inner world,
All of the very important events in my life happen by chance.
I travel like a gypsy, and I didn't know how I could perform and be a mother.
I want to be free... free to develop my art.
Usually, English personalities are difficult; they dont take criticism easily.
Technical things are getting more mechanical. Take 'Swan Lake,' the Black Swan pas de deux. Now, my goodness, they're turning not just 32 fouettes - but double or triple pirouettes.
It's a hard life... but if I could, I would do it all again.
It’s hard to find backbone.I never had crisis of identity. But I think many Americans have it.
I don't keep my secrets or my knowledge to myself.
Many people thought I would never succeed, because I am so Russian. So Russian, hundred percent.
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