musicality and intimacy or stunts and point-scoring

"What makes me wretched is that all these stunts, acrobatics, point-scoring and flashy displays of sexual availability are what matter. Musicality, phrasing, intimacy and actual sensuousness are what don’t." is the NY Times critic's summation of 'Burn the Floor' a dance performance in Manhattan choreographed by Australia's Jason Gilkison. I find his critique interesting as although I am constantly awe-struck at the acrobatics on shows such as 'So You Think You Can Dance' or the acrobatics performed as part of Stage Tango, I am rarely moved.
He does not enjoy the tango which he describes as using 'every mock-tango ballroom cliche' and describes the performances as degrading the women and making the men look 'crassly manipulative'.
Having not seen this show I can't add authoritative comments, but I do wonder where ballroom and tango are going... and what it will be like in 5 or 10 years time with shows such as SYTYCD promoting the stunts and point-scoring.


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