When I talk to dancers I often express how I am interested in seeing them and not their training.
Here are two quotes from Ohad Naharin that seem to get at both the problems and possibilities of technique training in dance.
Sometimes you can see them doing amazing things, but you don’t feel that they’re listening to their bodies, you feel that they’re telling them.
[Gaga is what creates the difference between a dancer and a gymnast or athlete, the choreographer argues.]
We look to unlock the treasures inside them: the ability to create sublimations of their sensuality, demons, anger, into movement. How to give up their ambitions and connect more to pleasure, research and discovery. We teach them that yielding is an advantage.