I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
Dances have a second and third life. You feel they are never ready. They always have a chance for another life.
I like to make my own mistakes.
I was very restless. I really wanted to be a part of a kind of a progressive society. I was fed up with these Communist doctrines and you were hassled all the time with members of the Party committee who were KGB, what you have to do, where in the West you can go or not to go.
I like to go to anybody else's birthday, and if I'm invited I'm a good guest. But I never celebrate my birthdays. I really don't care.
You open a section of 'The New York Times,' and there's a review or a story on a choreographer or a dancer, and there's an informative, clear image of a dancer. This is, in my view, not an interesting photograph.
Dancers are made, not born.
I found that dance, music, and literature is how I made sense of the world... it pushed me to think of things bigger than life's daily routines... to think beyond what is immediate or convenient.
The body cannot lie. You cannot be somebody else onstage, no matter how good of an actor or dancer or singer you are. When you open your arms, move your finger, the audience knows who you are, you know.
The more injuries you get, the smarter you get.
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
I fell in love with New York. It was like every human being, like any relationship. When I was a young New Yorker, it was one city. When I was a grown man, it was another city. I worked with many dance organizations and many wonderful people.
I get speeding ticket like everybody else. If the restaurant is full I'm waiting in line like everybody else.
I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans.
I adored my mother, and I will always have extraordinary memories about her and remember her, and she opened the doors for me to appreciate arts.
Your body actually reminds you about your age and your injuries - the body has a stronger memory than your mind.
My mother had a son from previous marriage and her husband died in Second World War.
No matter what I try to do or explore, my Kirov training, my expertise, and my background call me to return to dancing after all, because that's my real vocation, and I have to serve it.
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.