When I was a kid, the avant-garde to me was boring because it was just the flip side of being really successful.
When I started making dances in the '60s, narrative dance was sort of off the radar screen. What was important at the time in the avant-garde was minimalism.
There is a place for visionaries and the avant-garde in this world, but not at 9 o'clock on a network.
The experimental poetry thing is not my thing. It's a programme of the avant-garde: basically a refusal of the kind of poetry I write.
I got into trad jazz, then modern jazz, then avant-garde jazz, between the ages of 16 to 18.
Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules... Mathematicians are more like classical composers.
I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
The avantgarde are people who don't exactly know where they want to go, but are the first to get there.
I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned about so-called avant-garde music. Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting were well known at this time.
It is not necessary to be too avant-garde, because you risk not being understood.
I'm just saying if you want to reach large audiences, then rely on professionals, meaning people who are in the industry and are trained for it, rather than just idiot savants.
As a teenager, I wanted to be sophisticated and avant-garde, and I was really judgmental. But when you're a teenager, you're fearless because you don't know the repercussions to anything.
The avant-garde makes more sense to me.
There are estimated to be fewer that 50 prodigious savants worldwide. If we were brought together, it would be disappointing in the sense of us having different abilities. One thing that would make me feel united with them would be the sense of us having grown up in isolation.
I'm not sure I'm the only savant with high IQ or with an above average IQ. Again, it may just be that we don't know very many of the others.
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