Mr. Salzberg wrote:
“Just so there's no misunderstanding, the article to which you were linking was one which you had previously submitted to Criticaldance.com and which had been rejected as being in flagrant violation of our courtesy rule. I'm sure you meant to mention that, but forgot.”
Dear Mr. Salzberg,
First, as I have already said, the contentious item was NOT an article. It was, I repeat, an interview with M. Jean Guizerix, former étoile and maître de ballet at the Paris Opera, former professor at the CNSM, now head of the Ballet du Nord.
Secondly, M. Guizerix' remarks were discourteous to no-one.
Had your Chief Editor Stuart Sweeney thought anything of the sort, he would undoubtedly have said so, when he wrote to me declining to publish. To the contrary ! He suggested I propose the interview to other publications ! Mr. Sweeney might wish to post up here the e-mail he sent me at the time, just to make the point clear.
Thirdly, the Link to the Interview was torn down, according to an e-mail I received from your moderator Miss C. Schemm, NOT because the aforesaid interview was “discourteous”, but because that lady considered it “polemical”, and was –I quote - “opposed” to it.
You do not know me, Sir, but I was, so to speak, “brought up a gentleman”, and would never propose material that I thought was coarse or insulting to the profession. For one artist of renown – such as M. Guizerix - to voice a critique of other adult and experienced professionals, is NOT the same, as being coarse or insulting.
And it is NOT the same, as those who would reduce a seventeen-year old novice to the stage, to tears (Cf. the Danser en Français Thread, “Assez c’est Assez”).
Now, in the disputed interview, M. Guizerix is heard to quote Rudolf Nureyev’s harsh words on the matter of picking up the leg. And M. Guizerix himself expresses doubts, in respect of the present descent of the ballet, world-wide, into what he deems to be acrobatics and indecency.
What, in Heaven’s Name, is “discourteous” about that ?