Re: money = ability

Robert Wechsler (r.wechsler@rzmail.uni-erlangen.de)
Sat, 3 Jan 1998 01:20:38 +0100

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>On the other hand, Dance does seem to have a cloistered, slightly parochial
>culture for reasons which I've never been able to completely fathom.
>Perhaps it's a sense of attrition in the face of a middle-class media which
>seems to elevate it out of reach of the common man?

I dunno, Nick, I think Dawn's point is well-taken. You seem pretty biased
there to me. Your letters offended me as well. I dont know what dance you
have seen and havent, but you seem to like to draw some narrow-minded
conclusions.

having lived and worked as a choreographer in a few different countries, one
thing that has always impressed me is just how varied the scenes are from
one place to the next. That is, although one may have seen a lot dance in a
certain area, one can see a whole diffrent face of things somewhere else.
And i dont just mean the _way_ people move, i mean the _reason_ they move --
what they think they are up to. But the larger point, Dawn's, is that there
are, as small as the dance world is, still lots of kinds of us out there,
far too many to pigeon hole.

god knows, i too have seen dances i thought were pretentious. so what
should i conclude?
I have visited cities, or institutions, where I too had the feeling
the dancers were a "cloistered" culture, but I wouldnt want to state this as
a matter of fact. I mean, you can walk in a dairy and think dairy farmers
are a closed bunch of people too. Openness, or lets say humility, is a
wonderful human quality. Something, we could agree, the world might do with
a little more of.

-robert wechsler

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