Posted 31 August 2001 - 10:42 AM
But in discussing Christopher Wheeldon he says, among other things:
"Uneven though I have found them - talent must make mistakes as well as dances - Wheeldon has a sense of structure, a facility with steps, a musical understanding that is often sincere and persuasive, which speak of sure talent. (His early Souvenir de Florence I thought an absolute charmer.)"
I was struck by the "talent must make mistakes as well as dances." I'd agree, and I thought it might make an interesting discussion. How many mistakes? How many chances do you give a fledgling? How can you tell whether this new work presages something fine, and this one doesn't? I don't mean necessarily in relation to Wheeldon, but just in general.
Posted 31 August 2001 - 04:19 PM
With regard to Wheeldon, I wonder if it's not so much his making mistakes but possibly they hyped him too soon?
I suppose it all depends on who is judging whether it's a mistake or not too.
Posted 01 September 2001 - 06:47 AM
Occasionally, someone asks how I learned to light dance. The answer, of course, is that I messed up a lot of dances. This is human nature; we rarely reverse-engineer our successes to see why they worked, but the smart artist always examines his/her failures to figure out what went wrong.
. . .And, after awhile, I stopped making as many mistakes.
Posted 01 September 2001 - 11:22 AM
Anyone else evolve rules for making, or watching, work?
Posted 01 September 2001 - 03:49 PM
Actually, now that I've reread that, I realize that I never make misteaks.
Posted 02 September 2001 - 08:38 PM
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Posted 04 September 2001 - 04:48 PM
"Mistakes" in choreography are possibly those moments when you all of a sudden furrow brow and wonder, "what just happened?"
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