My previous post sparked some rather interesting conversation in my life. Based on my thoughts for the Young Choreographers’ Showcase, I’ve heard two things mainly: “you were too kind” and “you were a little harsh.” This prompted me to go back and reread what I wrote . . .
I have to disagree with both comments entirely. First of all, I’m NOT a dance critic! Say this to yourself 10 times people. Yes, I do review dance on occasion, but in case y’all haven’t noticed the majority of my writing focuses on profiles, features, events, and, most often, non-dance stuff. I don’t write solely for this site or Dance Informa. Secondly, if you reread the piece, the only ‘negative’ thing I say is about the costumes. Other than that, I say nothing about disliking anyone’s work. I merely offer suggestions as to how the choreographer can perhaps expand or improve on their ideas. And I’m one person . . . they can take it or leave it.
But, this does bring up an interesting point. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when my words can have such a strong impact. But why are dancers so sensitive to hearing anything but pure praise? I don’t love it when I get an article back from an editor asking for a rewrite (yes, this does happen), but it is these instances in which I truly grow as a writer . . . an artist.
Hmmm, something to think about.