Peter Martins, the ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet, has suggested creating a modern dance company at Lincoln Center that would be the first new cultural organization there since Jazz at Lincoln Center was established in 1996. The company would replace New York City Opera as the ballet's co-tenant at the New York State Theater, if the opera troupe succeeds in building a new home at the World Trade Center site or elsewhere.
Gosh, if that happened, ABT couldn't come in as co-tenant, could it?
Another paragraph caught my eye. It's the reason often stated -- for decades -- why there isn't a modern dance repertory company. Does this ring a bell?
Beverly D'Anne, director of the dance program at the New York State Council on the Arts, also said that the idea of putting the moves of different choreographers on one troupe of dancers did not make sense for modern dance. "The Taylor style is not like the Cunningham style is not like the Trisha Brown style," she said. "To have dancers encompass all of these, the styles would be in danger of being diluted. That's what makes the Martha Graham company unique, is that they look like Graham dancers."
And a third issue:
"Why, when we have so many wonderful companies in New York City already and the creativity is so high, would we want another company to support?" she said.
But Mr. Martins said a new company at Lincoln Center could help sustain modern dance at a time when many companies are struggling financially. "It's a real, viable solution to a lot of those empty theaters," he said. "I just think the public would love it."
Public? Would this bring a new audience to modern dance?
Edited by Alexandra, 21 April 2004 - 09:57 AM.