Cliff

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This is a little crosstalk, but searching the archives < http://ballettalk.invisionzone.com/index.p...indpost&p=68062 > I found something that contradicts bart's statement above:

(Originally posted by Cabriole)

Ah, but isn't the purpose of technique to support the personality?

Beautifully put, Cabriole. I'd say yes, and I'd vote for that one

This is what I thought it was to be, so maybe I don't have to re-wire my eyes!

This should be something that all dancers have, regardless of the periods of romanticism or classicism. But it seems a majority of classical dancers reverse it and put technique on the pedestal for success. Not that technicality is bad, there just shouldn't be a sacrifice of emotions (IMO).

and lets not forget to thank Cliff for asking the question!

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Originally posted by Cabriole

Ah, but isn't the purpose of technique to support the personality?

I suspect I didn't express myself well, I certainly don't think that technique is a goal for its own sake; nor do I believe that it's primary function is as an tool to express individual personalities.

Is technique a tool? a language? a framework that imposes constraints on expression in order to allow the artist to focus, expand, and therefore say more? -- All of the above.

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