George Balanchine

George Balanchine

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.More George Balanchine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Dance is music made visibleMore George Balanchine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.More George Balanchine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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...More George Balanchine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More George Balanchine quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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