Commenting on one of the pieces choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet School, she writes:
Many posters on Ballet Talk have expressed concern about the decline of the classical vocabularly in today's choreography But I had never thought about this in the way Alexandra presents it here -- that the STEPS THEMSELVES are disappearing from the stage.
In a program note, Jean-Guillaume Bart said that in his Peches de Jeunesse, set to music by Rossini, "I very much wanted to use the petite batterie and other rapid dance steps, characteristic of the 'French School,'" which [Alexandra continues] have nearly disappeared from the repoertory. Since nearly all ballet steps are disappearing from contemporary ballets, Bart's is a noble goal.
This seems to parallel the precipitous decline in the size of the typical American vocabulary. Thousands of words that were fairly current in educated spoken and written English only a generation ago have been completely forgotten by those who speak the language now. They survive only in a kind of lifeless form in dictionaries.
Is the same thing happening with steps? Which steps (or families of steps) seem to be disappearing in contemporary choreography? What kinds of steps are winning the survival-of-the-fittest competition? What could explain why this is happening? Can anything be done to reverse the process? HELP!