Garyecht Posted December 6, 2005 Report Share Posted December 6, 2005 I’ve spoken of the advantages I see we older dancers have over the younger folks, especially in a modern class (less so in ballet). I was reading the article below which ends with a quote from Baryshnikov. I thought it was extremely well said and sums up our advantage. “When a dancer comes onstage, he is not just a blank slate that the choreographer has written on. Behind him he has all the decisions he has made in life. . . . Each time, he has chosen, and in what he is onstage you see the result of those choices. You are looking at the person he is, the person who, at this point, he cannot help but be. . . . Exceptional dancers, in my experience, are also exceptional people, people with an attitude toward life, a kind of quest, and an internal quality. They know who they are, and they show this to you, willingly.” Article in which it is quoted is good too I think. http://www.newyorker.com/critics/dancing/?051212crda_dancing Quote Link to comment
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