I recently attended a performance of Beyond Dance Company’s “Evolution of Women” at The Painted Bride on Saturday June 25th and wrote a review of my experience that was published in The Dance Journal. No sooner was the article posted, a host of comments, questions, and concerns followed.
I recently attended a performance of Beyond Dance Company’s “Evolution of Women” at The Painted Bride on Saturday June 25th and wrote a review of my experience that was published in The Dance Journal. No sooner was the article posted, a host of comments, questions, and concerns followed. Some in strong support of my the opinions, others in grave disagreement, questing my professionalism.
My initial reaction was to ignore the comments as I realized that those who had issues with my article, opted to fixate on when I left the show, an inaccuracy with the choreographer of one piece, and the fact that I questioned whether or not the title of the show was fully realized though the vessels of youths; one editorial error and two tangential preoccupations.
First, I must apologize for my inaccuracy. Upon realizing my error is naming the wrong choreographer of “Like a Boy,” I addressed the issue, correcting the name. This was not deliberate nor an attempt to discredit the actual choreographer but an oversight on my part. One I will admit and have since corrected.
My time in Philadelphia has granted me the opportunity to see more dance than I can remember. From the stages of The Kimmel to Karate studios, I have watched rehearsals, lecture demonstrations, showcases, and full-length ballets. I have left some performances inspired, some underwhelmed, but I’ve always left with a responsibility to the artists to write on what I saw, what I experienced, and how what was shown may advance the art form.
Confession, I have always been drawn to newer companies with fresh voices, hoping they may offer alternate perspectives and different approaches to the craft. I have written articles on some of Philadelphia’s more known companies like The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco, Koresh Dance Company, BalletX, and KYL/D. I have also veered away from ballet and modern to investigate Flamenco, Tango, and a great deal of experimental performance art. Read more.