Reine Duell Bethany - Author and Illustrator
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like Balanchine, like God

Balanchine knew he wasn't God. When people complimented him on his creativity, all his life, he would immediately say, "God creates. I only assemble." But his assembly is reminiscent of what God creates because it is so full of unexplainable symmetries and constantly unifying encounters amid endless variation -- many of these marvels happening all at once. Just as we don't see all the details of a rose, but see only that it is heartbreakingly beautiful, we don't see the fluid intricacies of Balanchine's dances. We only know that something wonderful is happening and we wish we could see it again and again.

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