Makarova at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors
|Born||Natalia Romanovna Makarova
21 November 1940
Leningrad, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
|Other names||Natasha Makarova|
|Occupation||ballet dancer, choreographer|
|Years active||1950s â€“ present|
|Spouse(s)||Edward Karkar (m. 1976; d. 2013)|
You cannot dance an arabesque in 'Swan Lake' and 'Nutcracker' the same way.
It's not possible to be perfect – you can always do something better. I'm never proud of what I've done. Sometimes, I'm not ashamed.
Technical things are getting more mechanical. Take 'Swan Lake,' the Black Swan pas de deux. Now, my goodness, they're turning not just 32 fouettes – but double or triple pirouettes.
Many people thought I would never succeed, because I am so Russian. So Russian, hundred percent.
I really feel sorry for new generation. It's hard to find backbone. I never had crisis of identity. But I think many Americans have it.
Dancers, many dancers today can do so much technically. You can give them steps that are complicated, then more complicated, pyrotechnical – and they can execute these steps to perfection. But to do simple steps with a pure classical line, that is truly difficult.
Usually, English personalities are difficult; they don't take criticism easily.
I am different because I have better schooling, better understanding of the line, gesture, how feet working, positions. They taught me modern things… and I wanted to give what I had: my schooling.
People tell me I'm dancing better than ever. I don't know what happened, but I have new enthusiasm and more endurance.
Because my profession is the body, it is a relaxation for me to get out of physicality and concentrate on more mental things.
I travel like a gypsy, and I didn't know how I could perform and be a mother.