Some Open Source Criteria for Critenders
“Categories for Comparing the Prix Jardin d’Europe Nominees and Establishing Criteria for Evaluation”, derived from Franz Anton Cramer’s (It is only a proposal, please add what you think is needed)
1) Aesthetic aspects / making of / composition / construction / dramaturgical thread(s)
What was “it” and what did “it” do? How was it done? Did it fulfil its potential and/or promise? Did the choices seem to be arbitrary or articulate and deliberate? What about the “performing” – of bodies, of objects, of other elements that comprise the work?
2) Authorial aspects within the “performance”
How far the specificity and/or the uniqueness of the author was visible, their approach, their style, and their questions? To what extent was it the following of a “fashion”, to what extend it was an emulation of existing choreographers or other “authors”, to what extent it created its own agenda and brought to the fore un-thought of questions?
How did it resonate with their previous work, their trajectory, or future projections?
3) Contextual aspects
Elements that determine the significance of the project in a specific context, but are not necessarily integral for the functioning of the piece (e. g. )
4) Socio-political concerns (regional, global, transnational, personal)
Where has the piece been made and what were the conditions of its making?
5) Potential of creative development
A piece might not convince as a piece, but the choreographer may convince as a creator
6) Intertextuality – What show does the performance remind you of?
7) Personal preference / subjective gaze
Things you are not able to “justify” but that influence your appreciation of the work
Some Criteria for Evaluation (please feel free to add on to the list)
- consistent work routine
- crafty use of elements
- reflective capacity
- resonance in the field
- locating dance in her time
- adaptability to locales / transformability of theatre spaces
- precision of work
- variety of scope / activity
- specificity of issues
- commitment to professionalism
- age / generation
- taking chances / pushing the form
- going against the expected
- commitment to own work