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katharine kanter

12-04-02, 10:45 AM (GMT)
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""Sadly, there was no danger....""
 
   "For the rest, whenever a choice arose between a correct,
safe interpretation, or a dangerous, risky one, safety won. Balanchine claimed that he liked his dancers to fall over - it meant they were dancing at the very extreme of their ability, risking everything. Sadly, there was no danger of any spills here."

From Judith Flander's recent Evening Standard review of the Eks/Duato/Forsythe bill at the ROH.


"Sadly, there was no danger..."

Sadly - for whom ?

Could it possibly be, jadies and lentilmen, that the dancers FEAR TO BE INJURED ?

Do any of us out there in the luvvie world of newsprint, realise that one single serious injury can END A DANCER's CAREER ?

And is there a Circle in Dante's Hell for us Critics ?

Yes, fellow Critics, there is.

For every artist maimed or injured thanks to the claque we so thoughtfully provide for choreographers who disregard the physical integrity of their dancers, Mephistopheles will have us dance precisely that dance, to the end of time.



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     RE: "Sadly, there was no danger...." katharine kanter 12-04-02 2

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MAB

12-04-02, 11:51 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: "Sadly, there was no danger....""
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   Katherine, Judith Flanders is new to the post of dance critic with the Evening Standard and may therefore have limited ideas about what is and what isn't good for the well being of dancers. She is, I gather a new appointee after the recent change of editor. Her predecessor, Luke Jennings a former dancer, was considered by most to have been rather good.


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katharine kanter

12-04-02, 12:03 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: "Sadly, there was no danger....""
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   Miss Flanders' appointment has been raised on another thread I believe. It seems she does have very considerable experience in the field.

As for Mr. Jennings, always found his articles most interesting. He's not done too badly by events though: he's now the critic for the Times !


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