criticism

Hello!
Nearing the end of my summer in Milwaukee. Elizabeth Zimmer came to UWM and gave us a workshop on dance criticism. We went to a dance concert and then wrote a 300 word review by 9 am the next morning. Each of the 24 participants had to read their review out loud which was a humbling experience to say the least. Elizabeth spoke a lot about using descriptive language in order to show your opinion instead of blanket statements that say very little about the action. While I understand the importance of documentation and description, I also want the critic to take a stance. Now, there is a difference between taking a stance and annihilating someone’s piece in a polemic.

Juliana F. May Movement Research AIR 2011

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