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Mikhail Baryshnikov Quotes

Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him.

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.

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

Dancing is my obsession. My life.

Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important.

I am not the first straight dancer or the last.

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

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

I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.

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 have been very lucky to work in so many new ballets, but that is what a dancer's work is.

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

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 think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.

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

I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying.

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.

It's what's left in life, to work with interesting people.

No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.