A question to Azlan
On August 12th 2001, you wrote:
“From time to time, we get questions in regards to our policy about postings. A common question is: "Can I promote other dance web sites?" The answer is of course! Critical-Dance is an international dance community in support of everything related to dance, including other web sites, that is assuming they don't exceed the limits of the law and of good taste. The members here make up the rules; and our membership is made up of anyone and everyone associated with the dance community, including the fans. “
“According to the three attorneys (two in the US and one in the UK) among our volunteer staff, (....) the forum is a public domain”
In late Februry 2003, I offered CriticalDance (free of charge, needless to say) an interview with the French étoile Jean Guizerix, now the head of the Ballet du Nord. Your editorial staff declined to publish, which is, of course, your right. However, to ensure that the interview be widely read, I thereupon posted a Link to the Guizerix interview on CriticalDance. The Link appeared on both the French and English sides of CriticalDance, directing readers to the Auguste Vestris Site, and, may I stress, without any comment whatsoever.
Although my behaviour in so doing strikes one as perfectly coherent with your own policy, as stated above, the aforesaid Link was torn down with a quarter of an hour without explanation.
After some insistence, on February 25th 2003 I received the following reply (translated into English here) from your moderator C. Schemm,
Stuart writes: I have removed the translation of C. Schemm's e-mail on the grounds that publishing a private e-mail without permission is a discourtesy. I believe that the sense of what follows is unchanged.
What serious intellectual grounds might C. Schemm have to censor a mere LINK to remarks uttered by a man of the stature of M. Guizerix, who was, inter alia, professor at the CNSM and “maître de ballet” to the Paris Opera Ballet ? (Incidentally, for our foreign readers, the CNSM is the equivalent of the Guildhall School, or for Americans, the Juilliard School of Music)
Azlan, whether you read the French language, I do not know, but you may be aware of the disruption caused at Paris by comments - not precisely amiable - posted by your moderator C. Schemm a few months back, concerning the appointment to the rank of étoile of Mlle. Laetitia Pujol, or, to give another example, the same moderator’s distinctly immoderate comments on a recent performance by the seventeen year-old Mlle. Matthilde Froustey. Indeed, in relation to the latter affair, a few days ago a French dancer put up a Thread entitled “Assez c’est Assez”, which means, Enough is Enough.
In the above-mentioned, censored, interview by M. Jean Guizerix, one finds, not a settling of accounts, not a venting of personal spite, but rather a thought-provoking critique of trends in the classical dance today.
To conclude, if CriticalDance be a “public forum”, as you say, one wonders whether you would care to endorse the remarks posted by your French moderators just this past weekend: they have described CriticalDance as a “private” place, rather like a party to which one is invited as a guest.
Well, Sir, if that be so, this is one party where there appear to be more bouncers at the door, than guests.
<small>[ 10 June 2003, 05:25 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>