Village Voice article on dance economics and politics
Posted 26 April 2001 - 03:25 PM
More importantly, do any of these points/complaints/issues ring true? For those outside New York, is your city facing similar problems?
Posted 26 April 2001 - 09:29 PM
As George Burns said when his fame began to climb when he was so very much up in years "I'm so old, I'm new".
Posted 27 April 2001 - 10:40 AM
As for a few of the other pieces; gripe sessions are healthy things, but I'm not sure if I'd want mine caught in print! Not everything written was a gripe; I think Mindy Aloff's "A Dance Critic's Lament" is more than that. It's an excellent analysis of some of the traps that those considering choreography must face.
I also found Karl Anderson's article interesting, because I came to similar conclusions (to make dances, you need money, connections or luck) but for whatever reason, I just took that as a given, kept going and worked on solidifying access to all three as well as making better dances.
Of all the comments, I'm most taken by Arnie Apostol's in Chris Bergman's essay. Knowing Arnie, it sounds just like him.
If you don't love it, don't do it. To quote my friend Arnie Apostol, "You can sit here and complain about it, or you can do something about it. . . . Make a piece. If it sucks, make the next one better. And if that one sucks, make it shorter. That's all."
Posted 27 April 2001 - 11:20 AM
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