Is the Volochkova story good for ballet?
Posted 18 September 2003 - 09:27 AM
A quickie, yes or no poll. Feel free to expand your answer in the space below.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 09:38 AM
Because to me it does depend on what those who read the stories (and do not know much about Ballet) think and what their reactions are afterward.
If they then become interested enough to want to see an actual performance, or to even try it out for themselves; then that is fine.
If it only serves to reinforce dried-in-the-mud stereotypes, then that is not so fine.
In show-biz, usually almost _any_ publicity is good. What folks normally remember is not necessarily whether a story was positive or negative - but that there WAS a story at some point on that person/ topic.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 09:53 AM
Still, if Volochkova tours (and she will!) and 100 people who wouldn't normally go to the ballet go to see her because of all this fuss and 1 of them falls in love with ballet...it's good for ballet!
Posted 18 September 2003 - 10:51 AM
Posted 18 September 2003 - 11:37 AM
Posted 18 September 2003 - 11:46 AM
However, all depends on how the Bolshoi reacts to her lawsuit and if the ballerina herself is trying to expand and glorify her art form or is just out for some publicity and worldwide fame(or infamy).
Posted 18 September 2003 - 12:36 PM
Publicity is good. Sensationalism is bad.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 12:37 PM
Posted 18 September 2003 - 03:07 PM
And this focus on a "fat"dancer who is not even is WORSE.
Posted 18 September 2003 - 05:33 PM
Also: no fair voting and not posting. Come on, people.....
Posted 18 September 2003 - 06:41 PM
Those people inclined to see the worst are unlikely to attend a performance anyway. Other people will be intrigued and may decide to see what the fuss is all about.
The one downside I see is that concerns about the weight issue may cause some parents to remove their daughter from ballet.
Posted 19 September 2003 - 02:49 PM
Another thing emerged though. While I was watching State TV News this morning there was a bit, only 90 seconds or so in the Foreign News section, about Ms. V. and her tribulations.
Well, if that is the only way ballet can get on State TV News then the situation is really very sad. Just imagine it, ballet is completely ignored otherwise, Fonteyn died, Nureyev popped off, whoever else produced something great, Ashton and Balanchine they never even heard about - but this got prime time 9.15 a.m. news time!!!
I am frankly disappointed, such a pseudo-news item on the day of the memorial service of the slain Foreign Minister.
There are such things as publicity managers, hers must be the Phantom of the United Press and Television.
Posted 19 September 2003 - 06:08 PM
So, I got some ammo (from this site and the links) and gave him a lecture and showed him some strategically chosen pictures of dancers... And he listened, and even watched some of the RB's Sleeping Beauty when I had it on.
He still doesn't give a darn about ballet and the last 2 times I headed off for ballet class he made a point of sitting on the couch eating Ben and Jerry's out of the pint, and saying something about "Anastasia."
Maybe somebody else got lucky with their non-ballet person. I hope so.
Posted 19 September 2003 - 09:38 PM
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