Article on pointe shoes in The New Yorker
Posted 02 December 2002 - 03:17 PM
Posted 02 December 2002 - 05:28 PM
Gillian Murphy of ABT wears them. But she says that Suki Schorer approached her once in class and asked, "Why do you wear those space-age shoes?" Regarding the supposed reduction in injuries, Suki is quoted, "Ballet isn't about health. It's an art form." Melissa Hayden, Murphy's mentor, at the North Carolina School of the Arts, did not take kindly to Schorer's comments. There's a photo of the shoes on the feet of ABT's Maria Ricetto. They almost look like regular pointe shoes -- but not quite.
Kevin Conley feels the shoe will eventually gain wide acceptance. His article should be read by anyone interested in Pointe Shoe Topics.
Posted 02 December 2002 - 06:12 PM
Then again, maybe they've "improved" them?
Posted 03 December 2002 - 08:56 AM
Posted 03 December 2002 - 02:29 PM
I read the article - it was interesting and I got a few good chuckles out of it too. Time will tell, eh?
P.S. Thanks Calliope for noticing that EZR way through!
Posted 03 December 2002 - 02:43 PM
Same thing with dancing. From an artistic perspective, it doesn't matter how many pairs of pointe shoes you go through. For that reason, GMs are a hard sell from the logevity standpoint, because longevity of the shoe is one of the less important characteristics.
But some dancers seem to prefer them for other reasons, that they fit better. And other dancers they don't fit very well at all. C'est la vie.
Posted 03 December 2002 - 03:31 PM
Posted 03 December 2002 - 03:39 PM
after Hayden responds to Suki's comments, they give a phonetic of how to say Suki's name "Sucky"
I laughed so hard, I fell out of my Nike's!
I thought the article was... good for conversation, the kind that makes people wonder why anyone would want to be a ballet dancer and have to wear pointe shoes.
And Jennifer Tinsley tearing her tendon, but being thrilled she danced while it's being torn, but she got promoted!
"This one time, it was absolutely worth it to me to dance through injury until my tendon actually tore...I knew it was tearing but I didn't want to stop, because one of the soloists was out-I was in the corps then.... I was in horrible pain, it hurt to walk"
"Two weeks later my tendon tore-onstage. And I was out for nine months. But I got promoted"
That anyone would be proud of that is beyond me, she's lucky she didn't end her career.
The cover "EZ R Pass" is classic
Posted 04 December 2002 - 01:19 PM
"...crack the hard leather shank to make it pliable...then they take a farrier's rasp to the leather sole to give it some grip. To soften up the hard box of the toe, they crush it underfoot or slam a door on it...then they bang the pointes on a concrete wall for a few minutes which deadens the racket the shoes make on the stage floor..."
Given the fact that dancers have a 'favorite cobbler' that they swear by---and that the shoes are made to order on a cast of their foot---why all of the above shenanigans?---or do they really hate the darn things?
Posted 04 December 2002 - 02:58 PM
Posted 04 December 2002 - 03:23 PM
Posted 04 December 2002 - 03:57 PM
Re GM's themselves: I like 'em (well, the IDEA of them - they didn't work for my daughter). She wished they had. I figure they're the beta product and eventually GM or another producer will come up with a better model but you have to start somewhere. I'm glad they did and I hope others follow. One has to try something new to improve on something old.
Posted 07 December 2002 - 04:24 AM
This article seemed more suited to a venue such as Dancemagazine or Pointe, both with a considerably larger proportion of their readers in the "teenage female" category. While the comments by Merrill Ashley, Suki Schorer, and Melissa Hayden were amusing in a gossipy sort of way, I think I'd prefer the that the dance reviews be reinstated!
Posted 07 December 2002 - 11:35 AM
If anything it was a snub to the dancers who despite technology, still choose the old fashioned way (painful and clumsy) and the whole "pain for the art"
I think Croce and Acocella (sp?)have brought an audience over though the reviews seem to be more season ending.
Posted 11 December 2002 - 06:16 AM
I think there should be more articles written about the business of dancing--an investigative piece on the unbelievably high rate of turnover among executive directors among dance companies, for instance, would be great--especially since extra-artistic personnel have so much more of a say these days, it seems, in matters of repertory and casting. (Perhaps there is a thread on this already? I'll shut up and look!)
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