Letter: Dance audiences left in the dark

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Sir: The accusations of self-indulgence and political posturing in your modern dance article ('Modern dance world split as ticket sales fall', 19 October) ring true. To many people, including myself, the 'language' of much modern dance is as understandable as the Maastricht treaty and the choreography as accessible as the Brussels bureaucracy.

In seeking to make dance more approachable through the use of language, story-telling and live music, certain companies are seeking to, dare I say it, popularise the artform without compromising the content.

To survive, the dance community, including choreographers, funders and critics, must seek to communicate with a wider audience in a language they can understand, not in Esperanto.

Yours faithfully,


General Manager

The Kosh

London, N7

19 October