July 09, 2004

That Old Aesthetic Horror

Watching a PBS program on the ABT and Mark Morris, I keep feeling that old aesthetic horror and irritation at the utterly telegraphic symbolism of most ballet -- this stands for that, this tells that story -- I want abstract movement, dance, without the campy kitschy tricks and canned roles, I don't want to be told a story in so many words, I want movement, angles, geometry, grace, weight, not dancing; I want something like a Mark Morris piece... (Mark Morris, that beautiful graceful moving bear of a man, sunny, voluble, generous...).


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