« on: August 16, 2012, 07:37:37 AM »
the traditional modern debate that has been beaten down is ridiculous, and honestly the way that "traditionality" is counted on judging rubrics is wrong, in my opinion. pretty much it seems that if a team chooses to execute their jhummar in a certain way, their dhamaal in a certain way, etc, as long as they did that segment/move, they get points for it (or so it seems from the judges meetings I have been to).
i just find that kinda contradictory because when I have danced with a live team, the judges would specifically point out good posture, good shoulder movements, dancing wide and strong, etc. yes, music and live teams are technically judged differently, but say at a competition like bab where they were thrown together?
i think its almost pure common sense that when most of us think of traditionality, we think of executing a move in a way a LIVE TEAM would be taught, right? i mean we can argue all day about what is truly "folk" or not, how bhangra really isnt this "ancient" art form, etc, but when we think traditional, our mind automatically jumps to a live team right?
and that brings me to the main point i am trying to bring, is that when teams like gajjdi jawani and even my own try to emphasize those characteristics (keep your chest up, shoulders bouncy and heavy, wide dancing, hand form, etc), it doesnt seem appreciated vs teams who may have barely any shoulder involvement in their jhummar/jugni/dhamaal/etc, teams that never get low while they dance, bended backs, etc.
again, not saying that my teams performance at bab was perfect, we had plenty of errors, plenty of dancers, including myself, who didn't execute some moves properly. also, with gajjdi jawani, its not like every single kid out their maintained proper posture and shoulders, etc, the entire time. but it just seems appreciation for that style of dancing is truly gone, and judges/competitions need to stop referring to that as "traditionality". i can literally see a bharatnatyam team going to a bhangra competition and placing simply because they might segment a performance in ways that a move here or there resembles sialkoti, luddi, or whatever.
disclaimer: i am in no way using this post to a bash any other teams. the examples i have given are things ive noticed over the last 2-3 years, not simply at bab or last years bab alone.