- Jennifer Dunning in the NY Times about the 1,2,3 Festival at the Joyce April 27, 2006
"Dance smaller," you wanted to call out perversely at times in the Ailey II section and through the first few variations in excerpts from Balanchine's "Divertimento No. 15," performed by the American Ballet Theater Studio Company. "Let the choreography reveals its secrets." There was big, authoritative dancing from Allison Miller, Isabella Boylston and Leann Underwood in the first three variations. But Nicole Graniero, Eric Tamm and Abigail Simon let the nuances come through in the admittedly more delicate final three. And a regal Ms. Simon and Mr. Tamm, an easy classicist and a good partner, were impressive in the culminating pas de deux, in a cast completed by Gray Davis and Eduardo Permuy.
I've been wondering, lately, whether we've entered a new stage of technical prowess to the point where at times we've gone too far, and dancers can now be said to be "over-dancing" the choreography... by which I mean the rhythms and shapes are so emphasized that they are over emphasized... similar to over-acting a part.
50 years ago, perhaps, there wasn't such an abundance of extremely physically gifted dancers, and nuances in energy were more in evidence... artistry had to fill in... or, I don't know, the choreography had a different focus than shape and rhythm... I'm talking myself into a trap, here, I realize, but still..
Is there a dance equivalent to over-acting, and is it possible for technique to show too much?