I read an interesting article in the New York Times, about how people always remember and honor dance legends when watching an adapted modern piece from a classic one. It is acceptable to reflect in the past and compare it with the future. But nowadays, it is also necessary to have an open mind to accept and comprehend modern adaptations from classic ones, surrendering the thought that the legend (e.g. Anna Pavlova) will be the greatest always.
A worst case would be, if young dancers of today would perform a classic piece without recognizing the great dancer who transformed that same dance number into an enduring and beautiful memory for all dance lovers. As the author of the article says, “the best lies behind us, as if dance were an inevitable march on perfection.”
For me is not only perfection but inspiration, as well. The inspiration young dancers have to create and adapt attractive classic dance numbers into one of their own.
Maybe the fact of dance being ephemeral is in its nature, as the author states. And maybe a memory from the past will always come back to our heads when watching a famous dance number. But I don’t believe that this art “rests on ephemeral memory and fragile faith.”
Instead, I do believe inspiration brings us memories that would always be remembered, like any brilliant dancer when performing a classic piece.