News: A crisis in contemporary ballet?

Monday 7 October 2013 by Lise Smith

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Christopher Wheeldon's 'Aeternum'. Photo Johan Persson, courtesy ROH

In a long and provocative feature in New Republic, dance writer Jennifer Homans argues that the current generation of ballet choreographers and company directors – from Benjamin Millepied and Alexei Ratmansky in the US to Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon and Liam Scarlett in the UK – have left the classical form in an emotional vacuum.

The curious thing about dance now, and ballet in particular, is that it has taken the form but left the feeling,“ writes Homan. “Artists today seem more attached to form than perhaps ever before – wedded to concept, abstraction, gymnastic moves and external appearance.

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