An interesting article on this perennial subject turned up in today’s Guardian and although not specifically about dance it does refer to ballet at one point. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... -criticism
The subject is travel reviews and in particular the public’s reviews posted on Trip Advisor. The point is made that travel journalists enjoy highly privileged travel arrangements, usually flying first or business class and then a stay in a five star hotel: not likely to be the travel experience of the masses, making reading their articles a pointless exercise. Of course this is remarkably similar to the experience of the professional ballet critic who gets a free ticket (and very often one for a friend too) for the evening and then gets paid into the bargain. Are they worth the money? Not if you consider the howling error made by one of the Telegraph’s critics earlier this week, which I pointed out on another thread:viewtopic.php?f=3&t=35524
As a keen traveller I use Trip Advisor a lot and have contributed around forty reviews, mainly of hotels, in the past five years, many being hotels I’ve stayed at when travelling to watch ballet. Since using that site I have ceased ending up in the kind of dives where you wake up in the morning covered in flea bites or indeed booking into rooms so awful you walk straight out of them. Trip Advisor reviews are for real people with a love of travel as opposed to the travel journalist’s elitist milieu.
Similarly ballet critics must up their game and produce writing of quality if they don’t want to become relics of the past.