Quotes about dance and ballet

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„Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.“

—  Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931 - 2019

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„Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

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„Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body.“

—  Martha Graham American dancer and choreographer 1894 - 1991

New York Times interview (1985)
Context: To me, the body says what words cannot. I believe that dance was the first art. A philosopher has said that dance and architecture were the first arts. I believe that dance was first because it's gesture, it's communication. That doesn't mean it's telling a story, but it means it's communicating a feeling, a sensation to people.
Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body. And it's partly the language that we don't want to show.

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„I wouldn't have been surprised if they had voted me Most Likely To Kill Everyone At A High School Dance.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

As quoted in Howl (1993-07-22).
Interviews (1989-1994), Print

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„Drink and dance and laugh and lie,
Love, the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)“

—  Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

Source: "The Flaw in Paganism" in Death and Taxes (1931)

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„Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed.“

—  Chuck Palahniuk, book Lullaby

Source: Lullaby (2002), Chapter 3
Context: Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn't watching. He's singing and dancing. He's pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you're awake. He's making sure you're always distracted. He's making sure you're fully absorbed. He's making sure your imagination withers. Until it's as useful as your appendix. He's making sure your attention is always filled. And this being fed, it's worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what's in your mind. With everyone's imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.

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