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the Critics, II, 6-9
Get Thee to a Demolition Derby
By Andrew Simonet
Copyright 2006 Andrew Simonet
The thing I would ask
critics to do is what I think we artists should do: go out and see
things that are not dance. Skateboard contests, Promise Keeper rallies,
boy-band concerts, DIY punk shows, drum corps competitions, creative
anachronism faires, open-mic comedy, immigration rallies, drag shows,
karaoke nights, found film festivals, eating contests, demolition
derbies, line dancing nights. The physical culture of our strange
times is bewildering and lovely. And I'd love to have that more
present in my conversations with artists and critics.
I know, I know. There's
no time. You don't even get to see half the dance shows you should
see, so how can you possibly go geocaching? (Google it if you don't
know....) I propose a 10% shift: one new (to me) non-dance event
every couple weeks. Or even every month. See what that does to my
work and my discussions. If we want the dance conversation to be
broader, richer, grounded in the world rather than the dance studio,
we need to let the world in.