Editor’s Digest

Daniel Sarabia and Patricia Delgado perform a Swan Lake pas de deux at Miami City Ballet. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

Is the News Replacing Literature?”: Writers from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, Proust, Céline, and Virginia Woolf once presented life in art as morally ambiguous, muddled by multiple perspectives and incapable of closure. Today, thanks to a shifting moral landscape and a nonstop news cycle, the media have taken over the role of the novel. (Lee Siegel, The New Yorker, February 13, 2014)

Ditch Swan Lake?”: A recent survey of six heads of national-level ballet companies asked which, if any, ballets should see less staging, if not retirement from repertory. Works by Tchaikovsky appeared high on the lists, urged by some to clear room for “contemporary classics” from McGregor, Ratmansky and Wheeldon. (Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, February 5, 2014)

Joyce Oxfeld

of Philadelphia, PA on March 05, 2014

No , I don't think it's ever time to drop the classics of ballet, opera, or any well loved and well performed classics. New repertory can always come in and does. But not at the cost of the classics. That's just throwing the baby out with the bath water and would lose a lot of audience. And revenue for those companies.

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