When Does Criticizing a Dancer’s Body Go Too Far?

It seems like there’s a point where dance critics have seen so much ballet that they forget to watch the performance. They’ve watched the same dancers and the same (or virtually the same) choreography so many times, their minds start to wander during a show. They find something onstage that bugs them, and think, “Aha! A brilliant idea for tomorrow’s review.”

 

Matter of Opinion

In many fields, excellence can be measured. Tiger Woods is known as a great golfer because of his record of tournament wins. Warren Buffett is considered a great stock picker, because he’s made billions. A great ballet, however, isn’t quantifiable. A performing art like ballet is developed through the blood, sweat and tears of theMore »