Thursday, July 29


Dancers work with movement the way poets work with words or a sculptor works with clay: They have to learn the basic vocabulary first. But once they learn the language, the whole secret is in the way they present the words. Most dancers try to give the movement language a kind of accent, an affectation, turning the words into a particular jargon, something idiosyncratic or solipsistic.

The word itself is impersonal but a person can infuse it with almost anything.

-- Lincoln Kirstein