Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Martha Graham quote

I'm enjoying listening to BBC Radio 4's Book of The Week, which this week is Zadie Smith's Feel Free.

Zadie Smith reads from her latest essay collection where she offers sharp, and sometimes funny, insights and observations on high culture, pop culture, social change, political debate and the personal. Yesterday's edition featured some lessons on the connection between writing and dancing.

Smith mentioned a quote by Martha Graham which I think can apply to many creative people, not just dancers.

“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open."

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