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Ruth St. Denis
“... every artist is both male and female, and ... sometimes, the two great elements are in conjunction with him, so that all by himself he suddenly gets the melody and the burst of feeling of a great symphony without any external stimuli.”
“I have performed for thousands when they found me exotic, the vogue, daring, but I have danced, at any given time, for about ten people. They are the ones that saw something more than a novelty, something more than surface. They were the ones I reached. They were the ones that left the theater forever different from the way they were when they came in. All of my long, long life, I have danced for those ten.”
“When you're fifty, you're neither young nor old; you're just uninteresting. When you are sixty, and still dancing, you become something of a curiosity. And boy! if you hit seventy and can still get a foot off the ground, you're phenomenal!”
“I see the dance being used as a means of communication between soul and soul — to express what is too deep, too fine for words.”
“How in the end can one possibly hold anyone responsible for our own underdeveloped visions, or undeveloped strength of character?”
Ruth St. Denis, U.S. dancer
(1880 - 1968)