British Dance, 2006 Edition

“Publicly supported British dance seems politically correct to a fault. There were dances for babies and for the elderly, for the fit and the disabled, for people of most every culture and color, for adult audiences and children, for trained dancers and everyday folk. There was no ballet and not much classical-music accompaniment. But there was modern dance (“contemporary dance,” in British parlance) of every kind. Contemporary dance here is strung between the poles of abstraction and ‘physical theater,’ which is so engrained as to seem almost old-fashioned.”