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Now it's Sara Mearns turn in the Bullseye (Not that again!)un-waif ballerina gets the "heavy" critique


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#31 kfw

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 06:00 PM

 Our eyes are now trained to see anything that is not string-bean as automatically "heavy" or "fat".    You know the saying "don't make the perfect the enemy of the good"?  Well I think in this case, Mr. Gottlieb has made "any-other-body-type the enemy of the -Sylvie-Guillem-body-type".  I have no problem saying that Ms Mearns doesn't look exactly like every other woman on stage.  But that doesn't mean she's automatically heavy. 

 

No it doesn't. But to be fair to Gottlieb, he didn't say it did, or mention her body type at all. He only said that "at the moment, she’s just too heavy," and he said it while paying her a compliment. 



#32 Helene

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Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:17 PM

I've never heard "stocky" used as a code word for a male ballet dancer who was overweight. I've heard it used to describe thick-muscled, usually short dancers who, in a strict emploi classical dance system would be demi-caractere dancers, not princes. Golden Idol vs. Siegfried, Solor, or Albrecht.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:58 PM

Having just now returned from seeing Mearns in A Dancer's Dream at the NY Philharmonic - and especially with her performance of The Fairy's Kiss in mind - I think the question to be asked about Mearns right now is not 'is she too heavy?' but 'is she one of the most extraordinary and imaginative ballerinas in the world today?' You can guess my answer...

#34 Swanilda8

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:46 PM

Of course it's the critic's job to measure dancer's on very high standards, but I disagree that there is an 'ideal' that they should be measured against.  There is no one ideal performance of Odette, or Giselle, or the lead role in Serenade, why should we assume that there's an ideal body type?  Critics should be able to comment on dancers' bodies because they affect their performances, in fact the body is part of the performance, but the problem here is the assumption that every performance would look better if the dancer were taller and thinner.  I couldn't disagree more.  Different performers can bring out different things in a part based on the instrument that they have been given (and then perfected).  How sad would a ballet world be without Sarah Mearns, Carrie Imler, Ivan Vasiliev?  Not despite their bodies, but (in part) because of them.  



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 03:30 AM

Of course it's the critic's job to measure dancer's on very high standards, but I disagree that there is an 'ideal' that they should be measured against.  There is no one ideal performance of Odette, or Giselle, or the lead role in Serenade, why should we assume that there's an ideal body type?  Critics should be able to comment on dancers' bodies because they affect their performances, in fact the body is part of the performance, but the problem here is the assumption that every performance would look better if the dancer were taller and thinner.  I couldn't disagree more.  Different performers can bring out different things in a part based on the instrument that they have been given (and then perfected).  How sad would a ballet world be without Sarah Mearns, Carrie Imler, Ivan Vasiliev?  Not despite their bodies, but (in part) because of them.  

Bravo, Swanilda8!




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