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8-6: Tobias Tossed
More Calls to Action, and Responses
(Editor's note: Following New York
Magazine's decision to cease publishing dance criticism and terminate
its contract with veteran critic Tobi Tobias, you have been busy writing the magazine's
editor, Caroline Miller; sending your
responses directly to us; and sending more calls to action to the dance world.
Following are, in order, a statement from Francis Mason, editor of Ballet Review
and dance commentator on WQXR; letters from leading dance publicist Ellen Jacobs
and dance educator and company director Maida Withers; and a call to action from
Robert Yesselman of Dance/NYC.)
New York City has been the dance capital of the world since the 1960s. NEW YORK
magazine soon after it started realized this and appointed in 1980 Tobi Tobias
to be its dance critic. She has done a superb job all these years, is at the peak
of her powers and helps to keep the dance flame alight. If NEW YORK magazine wishes
to turn its back on dance it is is turning its back on New York.
1 August 2002
It came as a shock that New York
Magazine has decided to abolish its dance column, particularly a magazine that
purports to cover the city culturally as well as politically. For such a sophisticated
publication not to have regular coverage of an art form whose vibrant creativity
so characterizes this city makes no sense. New York City is renowned as the dance
capital of the world; it is the Mecca where all major ballet and modern dance
companies aspire to perform, They come here from all over the world to test their
mettle, knowing that we have the most discerning and sophisticated audiences and
critics, among whom Tobi Tobias is a standout. She is widely read and fervently
discussed by the city's culturally aware, as well by the field itself.
I know that you love dance, and
that it was probably a difficult decision on your part. However, I ask that you
reconsider the consequences of a blackout on dance coverage by one of our most
culturally defining publications.
Thank you for your consideration.
Dear Ms. Miller:
Please reconsider your decision
to eliminate dance criticism as an on-going part of your magazine.
Although I do not live in New York,
I read your publication and use the dance articles there as required reading by
university students. In Washington, DC...We continue, at this time, to look to
New York City for sound leadership/authorship in dance criticism.
Tobi is an excellent writer. Please
reconsider your decision.
Director, Maida Withers Dance Construction Company
Professor, The George Washington University
Further to our alert of Wednesday
concerning New York Magazine ending its dance coverage, I have consulted with
several people in the media as to what steps we, as a community, can take to let
New York Magazine know how we feel about their decision. Dance/NYC is, therefore,
urging all members of the dance community to email Caroline Miller, Editor-in-Chief
of New York Magazine at Caroline_Miller@newyorkmag.com.
The point of your letter should
not be the effect that this move will have on your own company or career, but
rather that for a magazine called "New York," known world-wide for its coverage
of the cultural scene in NYC, to ignore dance in the dance capital of the world
makes no sense....
It is also important that you ask
members of your boards, friends and colleagues outside the dance community to
write. I will be in touch with other organizations, outside the dance community,
to start their memberships writing as well. What they have done to dance, they
can also do to music, or theater, or whatever.
Whether you have liked Tobi's criticism
or not is not the issue -- the issue is dance coverage in the dance capital of
the world. The more voices the magazine hears, the more possibility for a reinstatement.
Please cc me on your letters -- it will be very useful to us for gauging response
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