There’s a fascinating discussion going on at The Culturist, headed by NY Times dance critic/WNYC blogger Claudia LaRocco. It addresses the elitist uptight culture of theater events, and how it could use a more relaxed fun atmosphere at the theater. For example, provide bobbleheads of people’s favorite dancer available for purchase. To extend the argument to another step, this could directly translate into making the arts more accessible to newbies, who view the arts as this snobby exclusive event with no sense of humor. On the flip side, some may think that this may cheapen the art form to a “less serious” one.
Would you buy bobbleheads of your favorite dancers? If so, whose would you buy? I listed some in my comment on Claudia’s site. For some reason, choreographers seem they would make great bobbleheads – Twyla Tharp and Jorma Elo come to mind. I’d also like to include some non-ballet artists, like SF Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Broadway actors Raul Esparza and Kristin Chenoweth, and tenor Juan Diego Florez. And how fab would it be to have bobbleheads of your favorite SF Ballet dancers?? Maybe one of real life husband and wife Tiit Helimets and Molly Smolen as a twofer.
Jorma Elo and Twyla Tharp
A coworker of mine suggested that instead of bobbleheads, a dashboard hula girl might be a good alternative. It doesn’t really fit with ballet since no one really moves their hips in classical ballet, but maybe we can have a hula girl dressed in the costume for Elo’s Double Evil since there’s hip wiggling in that piece.
Edited to add: How cool is it to be endorsed by a real NY Times journalist?? Especially more so for a person like me who never really did well in English (I’m more of a science guy myself…) Thanks for the shoutout, Claudia! And if you haven’t subscribed to her blog, please do so immediately. Lots of great conversation going on there. Most of the time, I don’t really have much to contribute except to type in, “Interesting” or “Good point” because the discussions run in very creative and eloquent places.
P.S. Extra points for someone who can guess which musical that parenthetical quote came from.