Monday, 3 October 2011
An extract from a letter from Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille
There is a vitality,
a life force,
that is translated through you into action
and because there is only one you in all of time,
this expression is unique.
And if you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.
The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is
nor how valuable,
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly
to keep the channel open.
You do not have to believe in yourself
or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to
the urges that motivate you.
Keep the channel open.
No artist is pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever, at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction,
a blessed unrest
that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive
than the others.
Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille in "Dance to the Piper"