and it ain't ol' Katharine harpin' away for a change...
This is the famous Atylnai Assymouratova speaking, the new head of the Vaganova Academy, in an interview by Marc Haegeman the reference for which can be found on the Ballet Alert site:
"When you watch a video tape of dancers of the old generations, for instance Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova, or a bit later Natalia Dudinskaya, you can see a certain coordination of body and arms, a musicality - you might call it Ďsinging with the bodyí - and above all an emotional depth to the dancing which no longer seem to exist today. The technique was present alright, but it was never there just for the sake of technique. The accent was first and foremost on emotion.
However, now itís all about high legs. I consider that a serious problem. All we seem to think about today is how high the legs can go, but there is hardly any concern anymore about form, plastique, harmony, and about whatís coming from inside, about soul. Thatís something we lost."