Posted 23 August 2001 - 03:31 PM
This is a question for those who have had the privilege to attend IBCs and other first rank competitions, and for the choreographers out there. Judging only by what I read, and a limited knowledge of the pieces some DC folk take to competitions, it seems that no one uses established, technique-based modern or contemporary ballet choreography for that part of the competition. While they all do selected classical pieces for the most-critical ballet section, the "successful" modern that scores with judges seems to be the Las Vegas/modern-meets-lyrical stuff that shows off athleticism but may not have "brains" behind the bravura. (oooh I'm harsh for someone so ignorant, I know! But I'd love to see a talent like Rasta do some serious modern with the same flair he brings to ballet, not just the pop schlock I've seen him do so far). My guess is that the judges themselves are not educated in modern/contemporary and are seduced by enjoyable flash. And many of the schools these wonderful ballet dancers come from have no serious technique-based modern curriculum. But setting aside whether these kid, who arrive equipped to dazzle with DonQ and Corsaire variations, are capable of sophisicated modern/contemporayr work. Can competitors use a variation from Taylor or Tharp, Cunningham or Parsons or even better, Martha Graham or Jose Limon? Has anyone seen someone use The Moor's Pavane for a partnering piece? (Ha ha, I'm trying to imagine that today's teens even know who Limon is or have seen even a video of that work! My kiddo has been shocked this summer at 2 top SIs to realize that her classmates have almost zero dance history background.)
Could it be that laws about fair use forbid pre-pros from taking these to competitions?