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Mikhail Baryshnikov
January 27, 1948 -
Nationality: American
Category: Dancer
Subcategory: American Dancer

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


To achieve some depth in your field requires a lot of sacrifices. Want to or not, you're thinking about what you're doing in life-in my case, dancing.


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


Dancing is my obsession. My life.


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


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


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


To walk across the street is a risk.


You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.


I am not the first straight dancer or the last.


Working is living to me.


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.


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