Robert Helpmann quotes

  • The trouble with nude dancing is that not everything stops when the music stops.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Dancing #Trouble

  • Theatre remains the only thing I understand. It is in the community of theatre that I have my being. In spite of jealousies and fears, emotional conflicts and human tensions; in spite of the penalty of success and the dread of failure; in spite of tears and feverish gaiety this is the only life I know. It is the life I love.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Emotional #Community #Theatre

  • I think you can be contemporary without taking your clothes off.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Art #Thinking #Clothes

  • Ballet is like football. I don't understand a footballer's technique but I can see when he's playing brilliantly. People don't like ballet because they think they don't understand it. Actually they do. It's the most primitive form of appeal.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Football #Art #Thinking

  • People often say to me - how clever you are! How brilliant to be able to go from ballet to theatre as you do. I answer that it is not clever at all. It is the gift of looking at oneself coolly, of calculating the future objectively. I could see the danger signals as far as ballet was concerned before anyone else did, that's all.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Art #Clever #People

  • I was always nervous about coming back to Australia which was a complete hangover of the days when I left when ballet was not accepted, when I was not accepted, when I was considered a freak for wanting to be a ballet dancer. And, to be 100% honest, I rather dreaded coming back...
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Art #Hangover #Australia

  • I don't despair about the cultural scene in Australia because there isn't one to despair about.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Art #Australia #Despair

  • And I saw Australia anew through her eyes. And I realised what a tremendously thrilling country it was. And ever since then I have been coming back regularly.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Country #Art #Eye

  • Aren't all ballets sexy? I think they should be. I can think of nothing more kinky than a prince chasing a swan around all night.
    -- Robert Helpmann

    #Dance #Sexy #Night

  • Oh, 'tis jesting, dancing, drinking Spins the heavy world around.

  • Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.

  • I knew I was happy when I was dancing.

  • I love dancing and the salsa is just so sexy.

  • Americans have been remarkably devoted to the capacity for belief, to idealism. That's why we get into trouble all the time. We're always viewed as naive.

  • This is for all ill-treated fellows Unborn and unbegot, For them to read when they're in trouble And I am not.

  • It takes time and trouble to persuade ourselves that the things we want to do are the things we ought to do.

  • Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.

  • The trouble with many religions, accused of wishful thinking, is that they are not wishful enough. They show a deplorable lack of imagination.

  • Some folks goes right under when trouble comes, but I carry mine fur an' easy.