Artistry, or the lack thereof, is one the hottest topics in gymnastics.
Bemoaning the demise of artistry – in combination with the assurance that everything was much better in the 80s – is something of full-time job for a lot of gym fans. While fans have the luxury of sitting back and yelling “are the judges blind?!!! That routine should have been hammered for lack of artistry!” at their computer screens, the FIG has to come up with actual rules that can be applied by actual judges in actual competitions.
The FIG Academy Program organised two artistry and music workshops during the World Championships in Antwerp. One for the coaches and another one for the judges. The workshop was run under the title „It’s time to put the artistry back into gymnastics!“ and was the first of a number of workshops planned for the Olympic cycle. …
Lasse Nettum of the Norwegian College of Sports Science and Lyn Heward from Cirque du Soleil presented.
Uncle Tim seems to be struggling to document the Evolution of Artistry in both Women’s and Men’s Gymnastics.
There’s no solution, so far as I can see.
You can’t consistently quantify “artistry”.
Final scores in competition should be valid, reliable and consistent competition-to-competition. They never will be if Artistry is factored.
I propose a SOLUTION. In future judges should not consider artistry in scoring. Instead, simply applying the code as written. Deducting for poor form and line. Feet crossed during twisting would be deducted. Poor body position would be deducted.
IF judges did that, gymnasts I consider artistic would be rewarded in any case. Uchimura and Kyla Ross, for two.
Artistry, I propose, would be rewarded separately. Prizes like the Longine’s Elegance Award. “Best Choreography” on Beam. “Best Choreography” on Floor.
There’s no need for certified judges to pick those. For example, at the Mexico Open in Acapulco the Elegance award was chosen by Nadia Comaneci, Svetlana Boginskaya and others.
Cirque’s Marceline Goldsteinlinked to this indiegogo teaser for a proposed documentary on Cambodian circus artists training at a school called Phare Ponleu Selpak.
Sopha Nem and Dina Sok are two phenomenal teenage circus students from Phare. With great administrative assistance from Phare, they were accepted into the prestigious National Circus School of Montreal in 2011, where they are training now. …
I’m not quite old enough of an old timer to have a dozen personal Mark Davis stories. I never got to Muscle Beach until 1977 or 1978. Mark wasn’t doing the Quad off Swinging Rings the year I was there.
Zarkana is a Cirque du Soleil stage production … It began as a touring show in 2011 and was converted to a permanent show in Las Vegas in late 2012. …
… Cirque du Soleil has announced that performances of Ka in Las Vegas will resume Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.
The Tuesday night show will be dedicated to the memory of Sarah Guillot-Guyard (a.k.a. Sasoun) the 31-year-old performer who fell more than 25 metres to her death during a performance of Ka on June 29.
For the time being, Ka will be presented without the Battle Scene act during which Guillot-Guyard lost her life. …