"Lesson number four: A performer is never ready. All the training and preparations and rehearsals, they can never unveil the mystery of what happens when you go on stage..."
"Bat Sheva?", Jeannette's voice broke her train of thoughts.
"Oh, I am sorry. You reminded me of something that Martha told me once", Bat Sheva said.
" You admire her, don't you?"
"Yes, she gave me a new life. I would not know how to be myself without her."
"Well, I appreciate that, of course, but If you want the dance company to succeed, you... or we, I suppose, will have to do some things differently."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, speaking from an artistic point of view, Martha sees modern dance as a rebellion against classical ballet. What she did based on this approach is very admirable, but it is not suitable for your company. I remember when I saw Martha's company in London..."
"You saw us? on the first tour?"
"...Yes, and I was very impressed. Especially from how the dancers seemed so happy. There was really a sense of liberation on the stage. But I think only Americans can have both the self discipline and sense of liberty, to be able to dance like that. It will not work anywhere else, and certainly not in Israel. You see it doesn't."
"No, it certainly doesn't."
"So if you want me to help you, there will have to be some changes. Both artistic and organizational."
"Martha may not like that..."
"But she told you to ask me..."
Bat Sheva sighed, "Martha is a prophet. She looks at things that will happen two years from now, as if they already happened..."