Zitat des Tages von Mikhail Baryshnikov:
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.
When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing. Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are.
I fell in love with New York.
Working is living to me.
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.
Dance is one of the most revealing art forms.
I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant.
I'm a product of Russian culture, but I never felt it was my country.
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.
I feel very uneasy with a lot of aspects of the Russian life and the Russian people.
Everything I do, it's a bit painterly. I like being surrounded by objects, mostly on paper. I like the images. I like the painting. I like good photography. It's something that makes me an emotional connection, and I feel comfortable around it.
Every ballet, whether or not successful artistically or with the public, has given me something important.
The more injuries you get, the smarter you get.
I - you know, I'm not an actor.
I'm an impatient person in many respects. I like to put myself in uncomfortable situations. It forces me to deliver.
I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.
To walk across the street is a risk.
I was always interested in photography and other forms of art.
Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.
I am a performer. I go on stage and make a fool of myself.
I remember vividly seeing 'Tarzan' and Fred Astaire, the Chaplin films, Fred Astaire musicals, MGM, because of my mother. She was just interested in everything and she took me to opera and ballet, and then ballet got me hooked.
I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans.
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.
People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience.
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.
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 am not the first straight dancer or the last.
I kind of lost interest in the classical dance. I was very much interested in the modern choreography.
It's what's left in life, to work with interesting people.
I was not extremely patriotic about Mother Russia. I played their game, pretending. You have to deal with, you know, party people, KGB. Horrifying.
No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.
Astaire was not a sexual animal, but he made his partners look so extraordinarily related to him.
You cannot be happy with your family while being personally unhappy with your work. It's a Catch-22 kind of thing.