Balanchine and womenComments on an Arlene Croce quote
Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:41 AM
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 04:48 PM
Thank you, DanielBenton, for starting the topic, and welcome to the board!
Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:12 PM
[font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][size=4]I'm THINKING [with Tallchief in mind, and Tanny] that [/size][/font][font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][size=4]Croce means that the roles he made for his ballerinas are based on who the dancers are and what music they respond to and what matters to them imaginatively. But maybe she means something else....[/size][/font]
[font=Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif][size=4]I do NOT think she's saying something about womankind in general. In particular, I don't think Balanchine was interested in the beaten-down kind of woman that Tudor likes to dramatize. He certainly never married that sort of woman --[/size][/font]
Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:29 PM
As for being the ONLY choreographer of the 20th C. to see women as they see themselves, I think that is a ridiculous statement. I personally identified more with Tudor's women than Balanchine's. We humans, women and men are a complex and varied species. Balanchine certainly showed that, and so did others.
I don't think Croce was referring to characters in the way that Tudor presented them. Tudor had specific attributes in mind in his characters that people can identify with. I think Croce was speaking in broader terms. Balanchine was showing womanhood in imaginative, physical and musical terms. He wasn't giving the specifics of what happened to this individual, but maybe in his own broad way he was. He wasn't giving us the details of a person's story, just her soul, core, being - or whatever you want to call it. I remember Croce writing a review of Suzanne Farrell in the Diamonds in which she said it was (I paraphrase) the riveting spectacal of the freest woman alive. I agreed with Croce on that, and I think that is more the kind of thing she is writing about.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:12 PM
I'm struck by the boldness of Croce's assertion.
She was never afraid of bold assertions.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:01 PM
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