Re: Marketing Dance

=%iso-8859-1?Q?=A9jane?= curwood (
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 07:02:23 -0400 (EDT)

<x-rich><fontfamily><param>Helvetica</param><bigger>In a previous posting
Jeffrey Salzberg said. "It doesn't become art (in my opinion -- your
mileage may vary) until someone's watching. there's a very odd
phenomenon in (some) dance - the belief that if we produce and market
our work in a professional manner, we're somehow selling out. the
people who believe this are

confusing the process with the message.."

I both agree and disagree with Jeffrey. I think a completed work is
(or is not) 'art', whether someone sees it or not. On the other hand
,once it is completed, I would gladly sell it as a toothpaste
commercial, as long as it wasn't changed. It is a whole by then and I
need to eat.

My problem is I am a lousy at marketing. Also, I am self indulgent
and once one project is finished, am more interested in getting on
with the next, which I kind of have stacked up in my mind like the
planes at Kennedy, than doing the 'boring' stuff. I would have thought
these faults were shared by others, and were also reasons for, as you
stated, " so much good dance [being] presented in tacky spaces and
play[ing] to so few people."

Of course it is only fair, at this point, to explain that I am about to
put on my first piece, in my local park, without sending out any
notices, with all the work for it done by friends who are working for
nothing more than a few hamburgers as remuneration.. I am not, as
yet, what one would call a 'seasoned professional'.

I am afraid it is off topic, but I do have one questionfor anyone kind
enough to respond. Because I am so inexperienced at putting on a
production, this being my first, I am curious to find out whether
others have created something, and then, during rehearsals, because of
interacting with and learning from a performer have ended up having
to alter large chunks. Is this a normal occurrence, or a special
phenomena? I am not complaining. I went into rehearsal with one idea
and because of the special nature of one performer, that idea has
evolved and acquired greater depth. It is rather fun, but hard on the
nerves, as my deadline gets closer and closer.

As this is definitely off topic, I guess if you wish to respond it
would be better to respond to my private email address.

jane curwood