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Critics say the darndest things

“You can’t watch it just as “democratic” dance — everyday movement made poetic — because some of its jumpy passages are a bit too fancy, and neither they nor its more pervasive passages of ordinary movement are ever compelling for more than five seconds at a time. And you can’t watch it as a demonstration of skilled dance technique, because several of the performers are out of shape.”

“The exotic as tourist package: the undulating torsos and rhythmic stamping footwork that connote an African heritage, and the stretched, balletic limbs and light, airborne jumps of the European colonizers. Fabulous dancers, catchy music, striking costumes on a shiny, black-paneled stage. That’s a lot — the audience, who gave the company an ovation, thought so — but at no point is it art.”

“No matter the sense of occasion that a ballet gala affords — the gowns, the celebrity sightings, the air kisses — once the actual dancing gets under way, it’s best to consider the expression ‘one step forward, two steps back.’”

“Hallelujah for restless imaginations and ambitions, and for good artists leaving solid ground in order to get better.”

Can you name the critic? The artist being criticized? Can you free yourselves from this dysfunctional feedback loop?

Join us Tuesday (9/29) at Abrons Arts Center at 7pm to find out how.

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