Particular Passions

Particular Passions: Talks with Women who Shaped our Times

The oral biography of Agnes de Mille, who wove storytelling with choreography to usher musical theater into its golden age, and brought renewed respect for and creativity to the field of dance.

“I didn’t set out to try to change the world of dance. I had to do it because nobody cared a damn about dancing and I got fed up with people’s... indifference.

There are very few people in the world who are truly creative. I wanted to be one of them...
It takes great energy to do anything creative... You have to care so much that you can’t sleep, you can’t eat, you can’t talk to people. It’s just got to be right. You can’t do it without that passion.

Sometimes you have to adapt your work, so that it is unrecognizable. It has to be done on the minute. That’s when you have to be a hack. Sometimes it turns out pretty well... you’d better be good.

I’m quietly contented now... I was dying and... had to be beaten to dust... to find out what I wanted... I had been hectic and didn’t feel I had done what I wanted to do... Well... I realized I had done the very best I could.”

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