Re: money = ability

Nick Rothwell (
9 Jan 1998 10:23:46 -0000

> Similarly, critics and peers might hesitate to justly cricitise an
> artistically thin technological dance performances, whereas simpler
> audience members might simply find the performance unconvincing, or
> children might find it "boring" or "not fun".

Actually, my experience is that critics and peers often have no
hesitation in justly (or even unjustly) criticising artistically thin
performances. Peer criticism is common in an environment where, for
every project receiving some kind of financial support, another ten
are rejected out of hand.

On the other hand, perhaps too little criticism comes from the
institutions which do the financing. It seems that "track record" and
"body of previous work" is far more important that the quality of what
one is doing at the moment.

I suppose some justification is such that companies can take some
risks. In practice, this never seems to happen; the risk takers are
usually those who have been rejected for support in the first place.

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I didn't notice that you were in Hamburg, Darren. There's a dance
company there called COAX. (I once met them, including one Rica
Blunck.) Have you heard of them?

         Nick Rothwell, CASSIEL        contemporary dance projects        music synthesis and control

years, passing by, VCO, VCF, and again, and again