I agree with those who favour artistry and expression over mere technique. However, you don't have to have a story to have expression. Some non-narrative pieces have far more emotional power than the 19th C. spectacle ballets like 'Le Corsaire', which for me is a series of divertissements linked together with the direst of stories.
The recent Eurovision Young Dancer competition was notable as there was a lot of expressive dancing on show. Interestingly it was the new choreogrpahy where this was to the fore as opposed to the classical pieces. Here's our topic where this contest is discussed: http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=17&t=000041
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<small>[ 08-11-2002, 05:57: Message edited by: salzberg ]</small>