Catherine Pawlick wrote:
Ballet dancing is not spontaneous; that is what Isadora Duncan and contact improvisation (modern dance) are for. But I guess MacAulay hasn't studied the art at length, so I'm not sure why such comments are being published...
IMO, Alastair Macaulay hates the Maryinsky Ballet, its artists, and everything it stands for. Period. Moreover, in recent years the New York Times hasn't had what any fair minded person would call an impressive track record of veracity.
This fact doesn't only concern dance criticism.
Ever since Macaulay arrived at the Times, he has single handedly lowered the tone of the dance section, and the Maryinsky isn't the only company that's been subjected to Macaulay's disdain: This includes local and other visiting troupes as well. If he doesn't like to cover classical ballet, (of which the Maryinsky is the epitome and foundation for the West), as Dance Editor he should seriously consider either, (a) changing professions, (b) sending a knowledgeable, appreciative subordinate, and spare us his uninformed distress, confusion and bewilderment, or (c) all of the above.