Speaking of the path, I checked your Instagram and you mention Transcendental Meditation, Christ, the Divine Mother, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Ram Dass, Rumi, a Hindu god, Saint Francis of Assisi. What’s happening?
I truly honor the essence that pervades all great beliefs including the quantum mechanics belief. The intelligence that makes a flower bloom. This invisible essence that connects and permeates everything. We see the crema above every great belief. There is only this commonality that they all share, namely love, peace and compassion. I am a fan of everyone and a follower of everyone.
Her last Broadway appearance was “Spider-Man”. You left after a concussion. Tell me what you thought of coming back.
I realized there was some unfinished business here because it made strange emotions like, “Do I want to go back to this?” And I didn’t think I’d ever get another chance to perform on Broadway because sometimes when something like this happens, one becomes inviolable. “Oh, you know, she was part of that production.” And so the opportunity to get that chance and change the narrative because I’m certainly not a quit – it’s the last thing I ever expected, but it’s incredibly nice to do.
How do you see âSpider-Manâ in the rearview mirror?
It’s a Greek myth of its own, isn’t it? It was a really big turning point for me. Getting that close and suddenly not doing it was a pretty devastating blow. And at the same time, it is always these devastating blows that, if you allow them, will propel you in a spiritual direction that can be the greatest gift of your life, and it certainly has happened. I am so grateful to have had this experience and to bring so many lessons from that experience into this experience. It is all beautiful.
When I heard you were getting this part, the first thing that occurred to me was that Satine flies. Did that scare you?
Not at all. People thought I left the show because I was scared, but it wasn’t. I took a stand. People’s safety is important, and it wasn’t my safety that I was concerned about. I am a climber. I am not afraid of heights. I’m not afraid. I don’t think a show is worth risking anyone’s life, especially those dancers who have trained their entire lives to be on that stage. You have to treat these bodies with so much respect because that is their livelihood. I would never want so much fame that I compromise my own integrity. And I have no problem standing up for anyone.