Meryl Tankard implies dance should NOT be for the masses.
In yesterday’s SMH Meryl Tankard says the performances on So You Think You Can Dance Australia are so awful they should not even be considered dance.
“It’s like a fast-food version of dance,” she said.
To me this is just another symptom of the intelligensia being scathing because they feel the art form does not come in the package they would like.
They are quite happy to take the masses tax dollars to support the arts (raver does believe in Government funding for the arts), however they get concerned when suddenly a privately funded show is connecting and educating more people about dance then is in their wildest dreams complete with metamucil ads.
Just because they don’t see it as “art” does not mean it isn’t.
Meryl Tankard, who is fine choreographer, declined to appear on So You Think You Can Dance. Which I found disappointing – was she worried that her work would be criticised by the non-latte set.
Mia Michaels an already acclaimed choreographer in the US, had no such qualms about appearing on the US version of the So You Think You Can Dance.
And her evocative and complex routines have been appreciated by millions of people world wide. I am sure people that previously would not have thought of attending her shows would now attend and love them.
Maybe Meryl should have shown us what she can do in a 2-3 minute routine, and she may have been surprised at the audience who would have turned up to see her new work which she is spruiking.