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Mikhail Baryshnikov
By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

There comes a moment in a young artist's life when he knows he has to bring something to the stage from within himself. He has to put in something in order to be able to take something.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dance is one of the most revealing art forms.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov

I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I like to go to anybody else's birthday, and if I'm invited I'm a good guest. But I never celebrate my birthdays. I really don't care.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

When I see people on the street, I look at how they walk. It's like a signature, a fingerprint.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

You see, dancers are quite mature people because they start performing so early. They become professionals when they start to take everyday classes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I don't drink milk, and I don't eat bread, pasta or rice. But I eat a lot of meat, chicken, fish and salads.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dances have a second and third life. You feel they are never ready. They always have a chance for another life.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov

I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I fell in love with New York. It was like every human being, like any relationship. When I was a young New Yorker, it was one city. When I was a grown man, it was another city. I worked with many dance organizations and many wonderful people. In the '90s, it became kind of a hard and unwelcoming city in many ways. It became conservative, like the whole country.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Perfection is a theory. You cannot be a perfect human being, perfect artist. You cannot be a perfect husband, you cannot be a perfect father probably and probably I am not. But go through your daily routine with hope you will be a little better in all respects, and do something meaningful

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I've always said, 'I am a selector, I am not defector' - the first few phrases in English I learned. I said I hate 'defector'; something defective about the people. It's a bad word.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I was never like, "collect, collect," like people who go to auctions. I never spent a serious amount of time because I don't have any time!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

My mother had a son from previous marriage and her husband died in Second World War.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I would like to go and dance in Palestine one day, with great pleasure, great pleasure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

When I'm alone, I work sometimes with music, sometimes without and sometimes just listening to NPR.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

In opera tradition, when opera die-hard fans, there is a replacement of singer or singer wasn't at his or hers vocal best, doing something, they boo. Especially now that they pay hundreds of dollars for the ticket.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I like the most provocative and most surprising partnerships on stage. Intensity and surprise.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

He is a male butterfly without the wings - the same kind of grace of a very young horse, so angular.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Be. Good. To yourself, to other people, to everything you do. It's a norm of life by which people should try to live. Don't waste time. Be interesting and interested.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I don't go to a gym, I don't do yoga. I don't do personal training.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Obviously, the young dancers lack a certain air of maturity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I don't try to dance better than anybody but myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

A country like Belgium, or socialist countries in central Europe spend more money on art education than the United States, which is a really puzzling thought.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

If your only dance experience is the Nutcracker, it will be a shock; hopefully shocking in a good way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

A theater is such a revealing form of art, such a transparent and good actors, they're such powerful individuals. I always kind of dreamt that one day I will open my mouth on stage.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dancers are stripped enough onstage. You don't have to know more about them than they've given you already.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

We lived, until I was 12 or so, in communal apartment with five different families and the same kitchen, in two little - my brother and me and my parents. It was hell, but it was a common thing. My father was not general or admiral, but he was colonel. He was teaching in military academy military topography.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I think I got disappointed over the years about New York, about the States. You know, sometimes you go and visit Europe and see good old socialism in its good part! You see public concern about art, and young people's participation and young faces in the audience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I always had a kind of strange relationship with New York City, with total love affair in the beginning then retreat during the kind of conservatives of politics and real estate and business came, and then I am again kind of fighting for the justice to the city, to open the city for the artists.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

You invest into the future, and that's how young people become human in best sense of it - through the great experience of listening a Müller symphony or to see a great play by Tennessee Williams, experience something in a ballet, in a film.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I adored my mother, and I will always have extraordinary memories about her and remember her, and she opened the doors for me to appreciate arts.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

You can be totally involved, you could admire just the shape of or you could be totally emotionally mushed up into the dance.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Soviet regime in a way deprived me from my childhood in my homeland, because my father was in military, and after the Yalta agreement he was sent to teach in military academy in Riga, and I was born then.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Just sit and open your eyes and open your heart. It's dance theater.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov

People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov

Nothing is ever too expensive if it furthers the repertoire and artistic standards of a dance company.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I read Russian literature a lot.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

People dance at any age.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

What people will do to get away from boredom!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

I never liked dance photography; it's very flat, and dance photography in the studio looks very contrived.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

My father was a Party member and he was a pretty high rank military officer under the colonel, junior colonel, I don't know the term. He was a total Stalinist. A bit with a streak of anti-Semitism and very shrewd man, a very kind of nervous man.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dancing is my obsession. My life.