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Choreographers hit back at Meryl Tankard

In an article on News.com.au choreographers accused Meryl Tankard of being patronising and arrogant over her criticism of a reality TV dance competition.

The article related to Meryl Tankards comments can be found in a previous blog titled Meryl Tankard implies dance should not be for the masses.

The best quote in the article is from Fellow choreographer Robyn Moase.

“I was outraged and somewhat amused that somebody whose claim to fame is ‘fish swimming in mid-air’ at the Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony, and who has bored so many people with her self-indulgent work, would dare to dismiss commercial dancers in such a totally arrogant, uninformed and patronising manner,” Moase said.

“About 10 years ago, I sat through an evening of Meryl’s contemporary work . . . I thought, ‘My God, she’s been given money to do this? Her concepts are odd and she has not brought them to any kind of choreographic fruition. It looks amateur’

I could not put it better myself. Meryl consider yourself put back in your box.

March 23, 2008   2 Comments

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.

March 20, 2008   9 Comments