Word has quickly spread among the online dance community about the firing of The Village Voice chief dance critic, Deborah Jowitt, who had been there for forty years. This is only one of many dance critics who have been fired (or “laid off” – the more common term) within the past few months, which is scary and alarming, to say the least.
Although it’s wonderful to see an increase in online dance criticism – in the form of personal blogs as well as ones associated with newspapers – this boon seems to correlate with a decrease in paid positions in the print journalism world, which is unfortunate for dance critics like Jowitt who have been in these positions for years. Many of my fellow bloggers have posted about this, as well, so here are the links to their postings:
Elizabeth Zimmer from Stage Write: http://www.artsjournal.com/stagewrite/2008/03/everything-at-once.html
Taylor from Off Center: http://turnedin.blogspot.com/2008/03/another-one-critics-going-going-gone.html
Jeff Weinstein from ARTicles: http://www.najp.org/articles/2008/03/dance-critic-deborah-jowitt-fi.html