Center Stage Controversy - I object!
Posted 19 June 2002 - 06:58 AM
They have all the "ingredients" for a politically correct ballet movie - the girl that really wants to dance but isn't 'what companies look for' (Jody Sawyer), the womanising dancer (Cooper - Ethan Steifel), the gay dancer (Erik), the dancer who's ben pushed into ballet by her pushy stage mom and is amazing but doesn't 'have the heart' (Maureen) and the gum chewing"rebel" (Eva) who just doesn't know how to suck up to the ballet master. Oh yes, and the girl who kick kicked out because she was getting too big.
Yet a lot of people (especially dance people) critised it for being not realistic enough and not showing things the way they really are, although that seemed the main goal of the film considering the type of characters (all common examples of dancers in the ballet world).
Even though I agree the movie was unrealistic in terms of showing the reall, hard stuff, one must consider, would a viewer actually want to see a movie about a day/month/year on the life of a dancer? Would anyone really watch if all the footage was of dancers massaging, sore, bleeding feet? I know I wouldn't! They showed Jody's feet at the end of a practice session which gave the viewer a glimpe into what's it like to dance on pointe and i think that was more than enough.
Besides, do you want some one attenting your performance to think "that poor dancer!" or "wow what a great piece and what a great dancer!".
I know not everyone hates Center Stage but just giving another opinion to the people who do.
thanks for reading,
Posted 19 June 2002 - 07:55 AM
Exaggerated as this film may have been, it definitely gave the uneducated audience some sort of understanding of what it takes to get into a company.
At least I am not bombarded with questions like, "What does a dancer do when they graduate from college? Go on Broadway?"
At some level, this movie has alleviated stereotypes that were completely wrong and replaced them with some that aren't too far from believable!
Posted 19 June 2002 - 01:46 PM
On the other hand, I have no problem with people beating up on Billy Elliot, which had pretensions to Seriousness, and did not present any real ballet dancing. Perfectly useless movie from a dance perspective.
Posted 19 June 2002 - 02:42 PM
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Posted 21 June 2002 - 09:29 AM
As for the dancing on CS, what I tought was unoriginal was the was Ethan's character made a ballet entirely on his affair with Jody's character it wasn't very creative, and the dancer who played Jody Sawyer actually can't do that many fouette's, that's why they showed her close up on the last ones. She is a pretty young dancer, so I'm not critisising her, but I think they should have taken a few more days to shoot so she could get the time to nail them, OR simply let her do less. I don't know it just bothers me hehe.
Thanks for your replies!
Posted 21 June 2002 - 10:28 AM
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Posted 21 June 2002 - 12:48 PM
It always reminded me of a recurring sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus. Ladies and gentlemen, the World of History is proud to present the premiere of the Batley Townswomen's Guild's re-enactment of the battle of Pearl Harbor........
Posted 21 June 2002 - 01:45 PM
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Posted 21 June 2002 - 02:30 PM
OK dmdance, I'm going to hop on here and say that I loved Billy Elliot and for all the reasons that you've already stated!!
As for Center Stage, I enjoyed it, my daughter and her ballet friends all enjoyed it... Although I "hear" all the negatives that have been posted, I still thought it was entertaining - motorcycle and all. If any nondancers did see it, I think they would come away with more of an appreciation for the athleticism and hard work involved in ballet - and that alone would be a major plus, in my opinion.
Posted 22 June 2002 - 05:07 AM
Personally, I prefer Wiseman's documentary of ABT: the truer sense of tedium, fatigue that we know to be 'company life'. Also, to be able to hold onto Ulysses Dove a bit longer and watch Ms. DeMille fight to remain choroegraphically vibrant despite the odds.
Posted 22 June 2002 - 04:04 PM
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