Why Do They Say What They Say?
Here's what the article says:
For some critics, the issue of dancers’ bodies and looks can feel radioactive, while others consider it fair game. “If you are a performer onstage, putting yourself in the public eye, then it is a legitimate area of comment,” says John Rockwell, who wrote a controversial New York Times piece titled “Today, It’s Dance 10, Looks 3.” The article compared the “hothouse flowers” of Balanchine’s day to some of the current New York City Ballet principal dancers, whom he described as “spectacular dancers without being spectacular beauties.”
But Macaulay claims that he doesn’t place body slamming high on his list of critical talking points. “I learned from Lynn Seymour,” he says, “that a great dancer can transcend what is not considered the ideal body type.”
Do you agree with Macaulay? With Rockwell? Macaulay sounds quite persuasive to me. I wonder, however, whether I myself would actually go very far in that critical direction if I were a published critic. Generally, I like to distinguish between the performance -- which IS fair game -- and the dancer/person. But that's a hard distinction to maintain when you are following a company or a "season."