I may have written about this before; if so, I hope you'll forgive me.
Dancers and choreographers, for the most part, may do up to 8 or ten productions a year, and it's not unreasonable that each concert totally consumes their professional (and sometimes personal) lives. Over the past 2 years, I've lit 40 shows; if I were to emotionally invest in all of them the way dancers and actors do, I'd be a total basket case, of no use to anybody (shaddap, Babs).
This is not to say that I never buy in to any of the pieces I light; at least one of the dances I'll be doing in NY is very close to my heart (and, boy, it's crowded in there), and every piece I light certainly gets my best effort.
In a lesser way, I suppose, it's similar to the attitude physicians and nurses take when they depersonalize patients by referring to "the broken leg in room 4"; if they were to get personally involved with that much suffering, it would interfere with their ability to alleviate it. (Er...not that I'm equating "art" with "suffering"...well, come to think of it, it's not a bad analogy at all....).
do let us know anything we can do to help promote the event.
Well, I'd love to have a "criticaldance evening", with as many CD users -- anyone who lives in or near NY or happens to be in town the week of 18 September -- as possible in attendance.
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