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The 29th of April 2021, the International Dance Day

International Dance Day is an occasion to remind ourselves that “theatre” embraces the field of all performing arts, which of course include dance. Many of us, critics, engage not only with “dramatic theatre”, but also with dance, contemporary or classic, as well as many forms of musical theatre and other varieties of performance.

Theatre and dance critics miss live performances as much as audiences and performers do. So, the message of German dancer Friedemann Vogel for the International Dance Day resonates with us all:

“No physical contact. No shows. No audiences. Never in recent history has the dance community been so collectively challenged to stay motivated, to find our raison dêtre.

Yet, it is precisely when something precious has been taken away from us that we truly appreciate how vital it is what we do, and how much dance means to society at large. Dancers are often celebrated for their physical prowess, when in fact we are sustained even more by our mental strength. I believe it is this unique combination of physical and psychological agility that will help us overcome, to reinvent ourselves to keep dancing, and to keep inspiring.”

As theatre and dance critics, we are inspired by you and can hardly wait for your return!