December 16, 2005
Why should American dancers have to rely on a Cold War State Department or dysfunctional public support to peddle their wares abroad? American festivals import European companies (sometimes with French subsidy, often not). If Europe is so (relatively) rich, why doesn't some enterprising producer in France or Germany or Holland really spend time in New York and put together a festival in their home cities featuring all kinds of interesting choreographers who aren't yet known abroad? Or maybe they could jointly conceive such a festival with American producers. Yourgos Loukos or Simon Dove, meet David Sefton. I could put together such a festival in a flash from the good stuff I've seen this past year alone. Whoever did that would get a terrific festival that might also go a long way to restoring New York's national and international lustre. Because it's not the creativity that's faded but the lustre, the magnetic ability of NY to attract people from all over the world in the expectation of encountering something -- performances, teachers, an avid scene -- exciting.
Posted by at December 16, 2005 7:42 AM
I feel that the lustre of New York, the arts of this country, have become less desirable to Europeans because this administration made it more difficult for artists to come here, and not only more difficult, but less desirable.
Posted by: Lori Ortiz at December 16, 2005 11:46 AM
I just saw Wally Cardona at the Cannes Danse Festival. Tere O'Connor was dancing a few nights later, which I sadly missed on my 48 hour stay. I am a much less established choreographer, but I managed via networking to present a solo just outside Paris a few years ago. It's not all thaaat dire.
Posted by: Diane Moss at December 17, 2005 4:01 PM