Posted 26 November 2001 - 09:23 PM
How do we start to document the pain? We must...yet dare we try?...yet we must...
Your thoughts on any of the above!
Posted 26 November 2001 - 10:01 PM
In modern dance, Mark Morris did a new piece called "V" which he previewed in San Francisco shortly before taking it to London. Rita Felciano wrote about it for DanceView, and said that the general perception had been that it was September 11th related, and that was why, in fact, Morris said he wanted to do the piece in America first. Friends in London who saw it, however, did not get that impression at all.
Posted 26 November 2001 - 11:17 PM
Posted 27 November 2001 - 09:56 AM
Aside from a general Americana theme.
Does anyone know anything that was specifically done as a result of a single event (Pearl Harbor, the assasinations in the 60's)?
I think the arts have to be very "careful" right now. There's an obvious struggle with funds going on right now that is more drastic than usual as a result of Sept. 11th.
There was a bit of backlash recently in NY regarding the updating of Lincoln Center. Less a month after the terrorist attacks, the committee was asking for over 200 million dollars. Granted, it was promised by Mayor Guiliani, but it just seemed the timing of it was off.
That was a bit of a tangent, sorry!
Posted 27 November 2001 - 11:48 AM
The 1940s was an Americana period, but that may have been coincidental, since it was the formative period of ballet, and formative periods nearly always use local color, history, etc, to forge a national identity.
Posted 27 November 2001 - 02:41 PM
And yet Jones conflates AIDS and terror as great misfortunes that can rescue us from the "aloof gestures of modernism" by inspiring a more expressive art in the "service of social change." At the end of his article, his voice rings out in a typical postmodern crescendo: "few other mediums besides dance will offer us such raw, non-commercial opportunity to witness live bodies negotiate the tyranny of the present and its minefield of unforeseen events."
I found his comments a bit "strong". The non-commercial opportunity, is that possible, hasn't dance "gone commercial" the past decade?
Posted 28 November 2001 - 12:53 PM
Posted 28 November 2001 - 01:04 PM
I think part of the reason for this is that ballet isn't the natural medium for political expression -- at its best, it's abstract, or with hidden meanings. I wasn't watching dance in the 1960s and early '70s, so I don't know how many modern dancers worked Vietnam protests, et al., into their dances, but I think the reaction was more anti-everything, including political awareness.
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