A response from Judith Mackrell to recent comments on today's dancers by Gillian Lynne and Beryl Grey.
Grey and Lynne acknowledge that today's performers are technically impressive, but it's a trend they don't care for. Grey feels that contemporary ballet is too much like "a circus" and both she and Lynne argue that gains in physical expertise are being made at the expense of emotional depth and dramatic expression: ballet as empty acrobatics, ballet as extreme physical sport. Grey and Lynne have certainly worked with enough great dancers and choreographers to have earned the right to judge. Yet isn't it also the natural order of things for one generation to criticise the taste and attitudes of those that follow them?