Breaking Pointe-- an ongoing discussion.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 08:38 PM
Katie seems like a real sweetheart.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:27 AM
Speaking of Ronnie, I take second place to no one in admiration of his chest. HOWEVER, is he almost too muscle-bound for ballet? I compete in natural bodybuilding shows and Ronnie would be a top competitor in those with his physique. But, maybe what's right for natural bodybuilding isn't right for ballet? What do those of you who have danced professionally think?
In any event, it's a pity Gogol isn't with us today -- "The Nose" could be become "The Chest".
I thought this episode was better than the last in terms of showing some aspects of life within a ballet company:
-- Adam telling Rex that, "corrections are part of the job."
-- Katie explaining how particular dancers are about their place at the barre.
-- Katie having to be professional during rehearsals even though, as she put it, "Adam is looking right through me."
And as for poor, sad Rex -- dude, why are you settling?
Posted 08 June 2012 - 05:33 AM
Who needs to feature Paquita and Emeralds when you have Petite Mort?
Sorry, this stupid show has lost me. I am guessing that 'Bunheads' will be a 'tween version of this.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:09 AM
Natalia, "Petite Mort" is the most adult of the three.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:07 AM
Anyway, some discussion with friends have crystallized my thoughts on what's wrong with this show, and it is that this show doesn't follow one of the fundamental rules of filmmaking: show, don't tell. It's better to show an action than to have a character describe it in words. It is ironic that dance being a show-me kind of art is the subject of this show.
For example, don't keep telling me the new girl is a freak at ballet, show me! Show me the relationship of Sklute with his dancers by more thoughtful footage of how he runs class or rehearsal than just showing one or two generic comments he makes, or having him awkwardly make pronouncements about them. They keep talking about how hard the art is, but the biggest consequence of that we see is people in PT. How about showing people struggling in class or with choreography? There is already so much natural drama in ballet (as the RNZB series showed) without people coming in and trying to play up relationship problems.
Also, how many times do we have to hear Ronnie say that he should be a principal because he's dancing principal roles? I think last night's show had at least 4 instances of that. Show us Ronnie dancing the darned roles, and let the audience decide for themselves! There is so much more inherent drama in that than hearing one person complain about it because it now involves us in the judgment instead of being passive observers.
Argh. This is such a stupid show.
edit: the first half of this show used the dance sequences as basically fancier versions of scene transitions. It's like the show is a bunch of long, tedious emoting separated by short, little dancing sequences (that don't show much dance).
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:25 AM
(So happy that Peter Boal turned this down, so happy that Peter Boal turned this down...)
Posted 08 June 2012 - 10:45 AM
Posted 08 June 2012 - 03:44 PM
18-49 demo -- 0.2
Total viewers -- 0.687million
Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:13 PM
Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:04 PM
Too bad about the ratings, miliosr. I enjoyed the family dinner scene and Ronnie's My Career Must Come First moment with Katie.
Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:00 PM
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:29 PM
Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:55 PM
I disagree, sorry. To be elegant (not trashy) is to be adult. Paquita and Emeralds are elegant; PM is not.
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