I find myself agreeing with every point you make here. And that was a great short essay on the relationship between the artist's own experience and their art.Originally Posted by iguanachocolate;3601972;
I think what I am reacting to is the tension between the dual functions of this show. On the one hand we have SYTYCD the Dance TV Show that exposes America to new talent, forms of dance and ways of expressing ourselves. Tyce's number fits that show really well, and I'm so glad it's there and people had the chance to see it and experience it.
But, on the other hand we have SYTYCD the Dance Competition. And it is in that context that I find the piece manipulative and out of place. It clouds the view of judges and voters trying to find the best dancer, and instead forces us to take in the life journey of the choreographer. And a dance competition is supposed to be about the dancers.
Nigel is certainly aware of the dilemma, and has decided that when art and pure competition are in conflict, he wants to favor art. It will give him the better TV show. And that's an acceptable view, but you have to take note of what you are giving up when you go that direction. You are throwing a big statistical curve into your voting results.
So, OK. Maybe this is just supposed to be a good TV show that uses a "dance competition" motif to drive it along.
On a side note - this really puts the lie to all those folks who swear that Nigel & Company are throwing this or that person under the bus and trying to manipulate the results. Because when you allow something like this dance in the mix, it is a huge wild card. There is no way to predict how the results will come out when you pull emotional strings like this. Nigel's hands are pretty much off the wheel and however it comes out, he's fine with it. After all, he gains nothing from these dancers once the tour is over; the only thing that lasts for him is the reputation of the show. Which a number like this enhances.