Posted 07 August 2002 - 01:42 AM
Dear Miss Miller,
> Please excuse the typos as I m writing on an Italian keyboard.
> I am a dance columnist in Europe, and have just learnt that the New York
> Magazine is to eliminate Miss Tobias column. I first met Miss Tobias at
> Royal Theatre in Copenhagen many years ago, where she is a well-known
> respected for her competence and seriousness. If I m not mistaken, the
> people have even decorated her with an Order for her Oral Record of the
> Ballet there.
> It is a mistake to eliminate your dance column. First, many people have
> me that they first became interested in dance by reading an unusual
> about it. Audiences for classical ballet are dwindling just as newspapers
> ˛magazines "save" money by slashing coverage. I have noticed
> seems to get about three lines for his reviews. In three lines, you
> cannot do
> anything worthwhile, except perhaps write an epitaph for a tombstone.
> Second, it is essential for the profession to have knowledgeable OUTSIDERS
> have nothing to gain by propitiating the dancers or artistic directors,
> examining their work from another, more objective standpoint. If you get
> of people like Tobi Tobias, standards will slip. The art form will become
> cocktail party peopled by luvvies.
> Lastly, classical dance is objectively important. It must be covered. It
> cannot be ignored unless one s objective is to promote ignorance.
> Yours truly,
> K.L. Kanter