basheva, thank you.<P>but i am going to make it more difficult for you!
you write:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>One could say that the dancer's portrayal of the role was off the mark. In other words I am not sure that the actual physique of the dancer - or even facial looks - would enter into the critique overly much. One could also critique the dancer's need for further study, or lack of adequate technique. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>the situation i am describing is one where none of the above criticisms would be accurate or fair. where the dancer HAS good technique, adequate experience, applies themselves well, is not overweight (but may have a less-than-ideal physique for the prince or the ballerina), BUT is not readily believable in the role, because they are hampered by what nature has given them. <P>this is not their fault. they cannot be criticised for their anatomy. but it is still a true fact about the performance. 'blame' rests probably with the choreographer or the director - whoever made the casting choice -OR with the simple fact that the company may, at that time, not have anyone more suitable...in which case, should they have attempted the ballet?<P>re the loud sound or bad lighting - i take your point, marie - but basheva, if you were reviweing that performance, you couldn't leave. so no doubt you would get more and more uncomfortable, tense and anxious, being obliged to stay in that situation (so would i!). obviously this will affect your perceptions of the choreography, of the costumes, of the dancers.....even though you will try mightily, of course, to be as objective as possible.<P>in the case of the lighting, you need to write about these dancers, their moves and their apparel - but you can't see it adequately to do so - how then will you manage?<P>will the choreographer feel it was fair if your review dismisses her hard work, blaming your non-review of her creativity on the fact that you were hampered by the lighting? it may well be true, but is it fair?<P>see, i told you i would make it harder! that's real life!
<p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited November 26, 2000).]