December 15, 2006
Some signs of good dance (or other critical) writing
This is like one of the tests in Cosmo: Are you being attacked by a rabid wolverine? Answer these 10 easy questions and find out!
It's good dance writing if:
- It told you what you needed to know about a performance.
- It helped you understand something you were confused about.
- It helped you to notice something you hadn’t previously seen.
- It put into words a thought about the performance that you were having difficulty expressing.
- It helped you understand another point of view – why someone would have disliked a performance that you liked without taking away your right to your own conclusion.
- It entertained you.
- You marveled at the writing style.
- It made you want to see an artist’s work.
- It made you want to go see more dance.
For the knitters - a knitting post is coming up soon, I promise.
Posted by Leigh Witchel at December 15, 2006 5:43 PM
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This is the clearest, most useful guide to good dance writing I've seen. Lobelia
Posted by: Anonymous at December 15, 2006 11:24 PM
And meant to add, glad you're blogging again Leigh. L.
Posted by: Anonymous at December 15, 2006 11:27 PM
Wolverines? Rabid or no -- wolverines?
Very nice set of guidelines, young master Witchel...
Posted by: sandi k at December 17, 2006 12:17 AM