What we're dealt with hopefully is two arms, two eyes, two legs, a head, a heart. The variations, the extensions, the possibilities of the human body, what that can do.
Avoiding humiliation is the core of tragedy and comedy.
The New York City Ballet is always about the realm of possibilities, the realm of what the human body can do, what the human spirit can do. And it's about listening, it's about listening to remarkable music and how we respond to that.
And it is always Easter Sunday at the New York City Ballet. It is always coming back to life. Not even coming back to life - it lives in the constant present.
We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word?
People go to see beautiful paintings to see how much they cost. Wow. The practical value is that it shows you what the human spirit can do.
The ballet makes us look at those bodies, it makes us listen to that music, it makes us wonder at the geometry, of the way they come together. The way that extraordinary space is controlled and given such emotional force.
All the New York City Ballet does is hit beautiful home runs.
Does any art have a practical value? People love to talk about how expensive a painting is. That's the only way we can talk about paintings in this century.
And what would be great numbers in a Broadway show are now on stage of the New York City Ballet.
Does the New York City Ballet affect other places? Yeah, it lets people know they should come to New York.
However, the moral center of New York City, I believe, is the New York City Ballet.
I think of the New York City Ballet as the Yankees without George Steinbrenner.
Show business offers more solid promises than Catholicism.
I mean New York City is the financial capital of the world. It's where all the money passes through, the Dow Jones, whatever, that's where all the money goes.
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