alison Posted March 30, 2014 Share Posted March 30, 2014 Meunier originally posted this link http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/echo-balanchine_784907.html to a recent interview with Janie Taylor, formerly of NYCB, in the Mikhailovsky thread. The part which really struck me, towards the bottom of page 1, was this: "But achieving perfect technique was never her ultimate goal. “I think it’s okay for someone to be a really special dancer, and they may fall down or not be as secure as someone else,” she says. “But I still feel like it’s worth seeing, and sometimes even more enjoyable to watch.”" Add to that the quotation following it on how much Balanchine valued individuality in a dancer and was prepared to overlook shortcomings as a result (which I think is pretty much what Peter Martins said too when he spoke to the London Ballet Circle during NYCB's London season a few years ago). What do you go for? Technique or individuality, or some mixture of the two? Personally, I don't want to see a dancer making serious mistakes, but at the same time technique just for technique's sake can be soul-destroying. And if a dancer has no individuality, why do I want to go and see them in a role? Why don't I just pick someone else instead? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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