Is print journalism dead? Where is dance writing headed? In twenty years from now, who will we honor for their words about dance? In an article entitled “A Step to the Left, a Jump to the Write” My Two Left Feet brainstorms about the future of dance criticism:
Everyone seems to agree that dance writing is important. We all know the importance of documenting performances, the use of reviews for grants and press kits and faculty review files. We know that the best dance writing can build excitement for a new voice, give insight into work that sometimes artists don’t even see themselves, and provide a guide for non-dance audiences to try to understand this peculiar art form.
We need writing about dance because it makes dance concrete – something to grasp onto (which, I argue, does not undermine the uniqueness and beauty of this ephemeral art but rather translates it to a form that is easier to spread, so to speak) and because it takes dance seriously enough to analyze and contextualize it and treat it as a valuable mirror to our identities and communities.
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What do you think the future of dance writing looks like? Is what we are reading today in newspapers, magazines and blogs good enough? We’d be very interested to hear everyone’s thoughts so feel free to weigh in.
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