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'Cross-cultural Communication' as Lincoln Center Festival Sees it
Copyright 2006 The Dance Insider
Lincoln Center Festival
today announced a line-up whose dance attractions are dominated
by popular old favorites and Western contemporary dance or ballet
forms, with a world premiere from Elizabeth Streb; Mark Morris's
"Sylvia" and a tepid mixed program from San Francisco Ballet; the
New York premiere of Bill T. Jones's "Blind Date"; New Age choreographer
Saburo Teshigawara; Batsheva and two other modern dance companies
from Israel; and has-been French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj,
who choreographs Elliot Goldenthal's opera "Grendel," directed by
Julie Taymor and starring Desmond Richardson. One has to wonder
what Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy was referring to -- certainly
not the dance component -- when he said, "We are proud of the contribution
to cross-cultural communication a number of our projects have made."
No Asian cultures, for example, Indian forms (although there will
be a dance element to the Thai 'Rak' opera "Ramakien"), no Spanish
cultures (Flamenco), and no African dance cultures are represented
in the festival's dance programming. Exactly how is this cross-cultural?
On an equally fundamental level, where exactly is the curator? The
question isn't whether companies like Streb, San Francisco Ballet,
and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane merit a mass audience; they do. Yet
I can't help sensing a certain claustrophobia in programming which
seemingly refuses to recognize the validity of any forms of dance
besides ballet and modern. There's a whole wide world out here;
why can't the Lincoln Center Festival recognize this, at least as
pertains to its dance attractions -- especially when it claims to
have an expansive world view?