Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fat Shaming: It's Not Just for Dancers

Anastasia Tsioulcas gives us a round-up of British critics' comments on Tara Erraught's weight in their reviews of her performance in Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival. They remind me of Alaistair Macaulay's review of the New York City Ballet's 2010 Nutcracker, in which he displayed similar pettiness regarding Jenifer Ringer's appearance. Macaulay couldn't get beyond his own bitterness to lead a discussion of how body appearance might effect how receive and interpret ballet; these music writers seem to be more interested in cultivating an air of catty cool to really do their jobs and engage in a critique of how body types effect an opera.