Mary Wigman quotes

  • Strong and convincing art has never arisen from theories.
    -- Mary Wigman

    #Dance #Strong #Art

  • The dance grew into a colorful flower bouquet which caught and contained the glow of sun-happy summer days, the secret of star-studded nights, and the wistful sweetness of overcast and rainy hours.
    -- Mary Wigman

    #Summer #Dance #Stars

  • If I could say with words what my dances express, I wouldn’t have a reason to dance.
    -- Mary Wigman


  • Art is communication spoken by man for humanity in a language raised above the everyday happening.
    -- Mary Wigman

    #Art #Communication #Men

  • In all my unhappiness I was moving, and suddenly, this moving became an expression, a speaking out
    -- Mary Wigman

    #Moving #Expression #Unhappiness

  • Sometimes at night I slipped into the studio and worked myself up into a rhythmic intoxication to come closer to the slowly rising character. I could feel how everything pointed toward a clearly defined dance figure. The richness of rhythmic ideas was overwhelming
    -- Mary Wigman

    #Character #Night #Ideas

  • I knew that, without killing the creative mood, I had to keep the balance between my emotional outburst and the merciless discipline of a super-personal control, thus submitting myself ti the self-imposed law of dance composition
    -- Mary Wigman

    #Emotional #Self #Law

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

  • There are female artists I can look at that I find more in common with than the male artists, because they're blending the pop, dance and theatricality... but currently there aren't a lot of guys who go there.

  • When I dance I am really meditating rather then performing for an audience. I am completely absorbed by the music and the steps I choose to respond to the music.

  • To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.

  • Dance constitutes a true recapturing of... freedom and childish play.

  • The choreographic process is exhausting. It happens on one's feet after hours of work, and the energy required is roughly the equivalent of writing a novel and winning a tennis match simultaneously.

  • Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times.

  • I like people with depth, I like people with emotion, I like people with a strong mind, an interesting mind, a twisted mind, and also someone that can make me smile.

  • Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed. Having once experienced the mystery, plenitude, contradiction, and composure of a work of art, we afterward have a built-in resistance to the slogans and propaganda of oversimplification that have often contributed to the destruction of human life. Poetry is a verbal means to a nonverbal source. It is a motion to no-motion, to the still point of contemplation and deep realization.

  • I've always been a bit of a mix between art and technology. I used to paint a lot, but I'm not very good with my hands. It has always been a fusion between my computer gaming interests and being exposed to the rich data of society that we live in.