Saturday, 9 June 2012

Brilliant But Boring

I've been watching the So You Think You Can Dance auditions and once again I'm struck by how repetitious the contemporary auditions are.  Maybe I don't know enough to recognize the nuances, but I see the same legs lifted into vertical splits, rolling shoulders and en pointe spins in all of them.  They're beautifully executed and the judges are certainly impressed, but I'm bored.

I've been watching the show for a few years now and the contemporary pieces rarely move me.  Sometimes there's something brilliant, like the piece illustrating a couple dealing with terminal cancer or the one illustrating someone struggling with addiction.  But most of the time, it just doesn't work for me.  There's something too precise, too obviously choreographed about the movement.

Art is artificial.  But I don't think it should ever feel artificial.  The best of art creates an illusion of sponetaneity and good fortune.  It feels natural and organic.

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