I’m too poor to comment on the state of ballet worldwide. I have seen many companies perform via DVD but that’s it. I sometimes see dancers from the National Ballet of Canada who appear a tad too skinny but I certainly would not agree with the below from Lewis Segal:
Ours, however, too often turn out obedient classical athletes by imposing rules about where to be, what to do, how much to eat, whom to believe in and when self-esteem is deserved or not. It’s even worse for the ballet women who starve themselves to match a skeletal ideal and then stop menstruating for the length of their careers. Talk about arrested development.
The main problem with ballet attendance is competition from so many other forms of entertainment. Most kids are being weaned on pop corn movies, cotton candy TV, sugar candy video games, steroid juiced athletes, the list is endless. The home is now where most children get their entertainment or culture. Nobody goes out anymore.
How do you compete against all of the above? We are losing human contact. Most kids and adults spend the majority of their leisure time glued to the TV or web. We live in a microwavable society where everyone wants instantaneous entertainment. The world has changed and if ballet wants to survive it must change with the world to a certain extent.
I don’t want radical change. The only score in ballet is musical and it should always stay that way. The only victory is of body over nature. What ballet needs is some creativejuice! I fear the ears are plugged however. I don’t know of one ballet company that regularly surveys their fans on what they want to see.
As for Lewis Segal, he probably runs home to his bomb shelter everyday after work for fear that the Apocalypse is upon us! Yikes, talk about negativity. The article was way, way, way over the top. Just my humble P
R opinion! What Lewis Segal needs is a large douse of reality. He needs a real job.