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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

The Democratization of Dance Criticism

There is a strong debate within the dance community surrounding the continuum of high art versus low art; questions of validity surround the stage of So You Think You Can Dance, while critical praises are embedded within the reputation of The Joyce. What is not so prevalently reported on however is the shift in the role of the dance critic; can the same spectrum of high versus low art be used when considering the newfound democratization of dance critical analysis? The writing and the media that surrounds the dance community today evokes the question of how dance is written about, and for whom it is targeted for? The researcher uses her personal blog as an example, comparing and contrasting the role of the critic as it relates to notable writers, including Alastair Macaulay. The presenter addresses how advances in technology provide the opportunity for anybody to play the role of critic.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Nicole Kaplan (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Strasser Dance Studio Hartwell
Time: 1:45 pm Session III