Alex R writes:
don't think that it can't be argued that some people, after recent events and decisions made by the British government, feel that the political situation in this country is appauling, so why when these people go to the theatre, whether it be to see a piece of dance or drama, would they want to be reminded of the appauling situation that they feel this country is in?
Maybe things are different in the U.S. I find that many people don't mind being reminded of the situation our country is in. It beings us back to reality. Take for example Fahrenheit 9/11, a documentary that looks at the state of our politcal affairs over the past 3 1/2 years. In less than 1,000 theaters over a 3 day span, it took in more than $23 million dollars.
Many people are not content with our current government. By talking, discussing, expressing, and acting upon this, we can make some form of an impact. Change does not happen on it's own; it needs a catalyst. One vote matters, especially when that one vote is combined with lots of other "one votes". If you ignore politics and societal events, how do you make change? How do you become happy and content with life? And even if you couldn't make a difference, why not try? Many times political art cannot directly make a difference, but it can become the catalyst for a few, altering a perspective or shedding new light on a situation.
Alex R writes:
because dance is such a competitive career i expect the dancers to show me something that i, and most people, cannot do, otherwise you can just ask 'why are you on the stage when i can do that too?'
This statement bothers me. I enjoy watching dancers who can do what I can do. What I don't like is just watching dancers perform steps minus the emotion, direction, motivation, etc. This would be like watching a dance class as opposed to a dance performance. If a choreographer creates a good work, the quality of his dancers shouldn't matter. If the work is below-par, then the choreographer and not the dancers should be at fault. Why do you blame the dancers for what they are showing you? And, if the choreographer hires or uses dancers that are not up to the demands of the choreography, this again should not be the dancers fault.
I personally enjoy both political and apolitical dance. The snow scene from Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballet memories, but I also like to come away from a performance with a new thought, perspective, or idea. Even a new emotion or varied mood counts. It would bother me if the arts were political. Then are they just fluff? Where does the expression go? And how do we create and communicate our ideas in a medium outside of words? Entertaining arts are great, but by limiting the arts to solely serving an entertaining purpose, you are limiting the creativity and artistic exploration, production, and display of multiple ideas.
I agree with LMCtech, I don't want to be bored. So, you have incredible extensions and can do multiple fouette turns. So what? I don't want to pay to see competition-dance. To me, this is not entertaining. Instead, incorporate the physical prowess into the underlying theme of the choreography. Overall, I want my dance (and other arts) to make me think. I want it to mean something to me. I want it to be creative and thought-provoking.
<small>[ 29 June 2004, 04:14 PM: Message edited by: RaHir ]</small>