Ballet Watching and Critique 101
Posted 23 April 2003 - 07:58 AM
What do you think? If this isn't being done, could it? Is it economically viable? Is there a market? Would it build an audience?
Posted 23 April 2003 - 08:23 AM
it sounds far more in-depth than anyone in the local audience (here) would tolerate.
however, in a major city: london, new york, SF, whatever...maybe!
it does occur to me though, that it might be a possible way to encourage and/or train potential critics...(in australia, people are most disinclined to become critics, so maybe something like this would help)...i might just pass on your suggestion to the dance magazine here...maybe they could arrange such a course, together with a ballet company, in order to draw out and/or train up some new potential writers...which i know they presently need.
Posted 23 April 2003 - 08:32 AM
Unfortunately schools don't have enough funding for arts education it either.
Posted 23 April 2003 - 08:47 AM
Treefrog, I sympathize completely. I took a criticism course (with no intentions of being a critic) long ago because I wanted someone to teach me how to see. Actually, I wanted to learn how to see what wasn't there -- I thought I was doing fairly well on what WAS there, but kept reading "she's no Fonteyn," "the ballet is in total disrepair this season" -- there were times when I could SEE this, or sense it, but often I couldn't, though believed in the possibility. (I have to say I did not learn any of this from the course. The instructor, an excellent critic, taught it was a journalism/writing course, but didn't go into the analysis. He encouraged us to learn how to express what we were seeing. I had to do the rest of it on my own, and I did it by reading reviews and trying to see what the reviewers were seeing -- often I would dismiss them, sometimes wrongly, but often I learned something.)
Posted 23 April 2003 - 09:49 AM
But that's precisely why I was thinking of a company-based course. It might not make money, but perhaps it could pay off in the long run if it produces a more educated audience, especially one that is acculturated to the company's particular style, vibes, peculiarities, etc.
Posted 23 April 2003 - 01:00 PM
Calliope, can you give us anymore info on the ABT "course"? It wasn't in their Footnotes newsletter was it?
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