Post # 1
So I read an article yesterday and wanted to see the Hive’s opinion.
Classical pianist, Yuja Wang, recently wore a short, tight dress at a concert performance and many critics responded harshly to her clothing, despite giving high marks for the performance itself.
Many people have since responded harshly to the critics, saying that it isn’t their place to judge the attire of the performer.
Personally, I think the choice of attire/decor/etc at a concert are all a part of the performance and presentation of the artist. It isn’t strictly the music otherwise why would we have live performances? Therefore, I think it is appropriate to include those elements as a part of the review or critique. Particularly when, IMO, the choice of attire is inappropriate for the venue/genre/activity.
Do you think a critic should be able to review attire choices or strictly the musical performance? Do you think Yuja Wang’s outfit was appropriate for the performance of a classical pianist?
Post # 3
If people are watching a live performance, then yes attire is part of the experience.
Post # 4
I agree with you. I don’t think it’s appropriate to base judgement on an outfit if it’s appropriate. Nitpicky details should definitely be saved for those walking the red carpet.
However, wildly inappropriate outfits distract from a performance, and it’s totally fair game to criticize that.
Post # 5
@Mrs.KMM: I agree with you, that it is the whole package that is part of the performance. I also agree with you that her outfit is inappropriate. I like when they are more formally dressed, it fits the ambiance better and doesn’t distract from the music.
Post # 6
I pretty much think, if you have the talent to back it up, wear whatever you want.
Would that have been my pick for the venue, hell no. She has a great body but she looks like she’s going to a club.
Post # 7
She is HOT. I think if classical music wants to survive/gain popularity they need to be a little less puritanical about people can wear on stage. Yes it is part of the performance but if I go to a live concert its because the acoustics are more interesting not because I’m curious about what the piano player is wearing.
Post # 8
As a performer, I believe you need to dress to your performance at the time. It depends on your venue, your pieces for the night, your audience.
There is a certain double standard though in classical music right now regarding women’s “dress codes” but that’s a whole different thread.
Post # 9
I tend to agree with your opinion. I think that it is the artist’s responsibility to present themselves in a way that is coherent with what they are doing. I also think that they are responsible for using proper judgment as to what would be appropriate in the venue, to the demographic of people who will be viewing the performance, etc.
I personally don’t think that her outfit was appropriate. I think that it could have definitely hurt her in that it was probably very distracting from her actual performance (which shows in the critic reviews). I think that she could have pulled off sexy, if that’s what she was going for, in a much classier manner.
If it wasn’t a “classical” piano performance (if it was jazz, contemporary, trying to appeal to a younger demographic, etc.) then I think that something that wasn’t a super sophisticated outfit could have been appropriate. Everything just needs to be taken into account.
Post # 10
I’m a little more traditional, so I would never be caught in something like that while performing in that type of setting. A Brittney Spears concert, sure.
I understand it is her right to express herself as she sees fit, but I probably would have kept in mind the history and culture of a more decadent affair as not to offend my audience ( who pays and patronizes to make these types of performances a success)
Post # 11
If I was in the audience I would have been shocked. It would have been hard to enjoy her music for me because I would have been wondering why she dressed like that. Even now people are talking more about her looks then her talent which is a shame.
Post # 12
@Running Elley: “I think that she could have pulled off sexy, if that’s what she was going for, in a much classier manner.”
I agree. You can dress more formally and still look sexy, appeal to a younger demographic, show off a hot body, etc. Instead she went the route of “I’m going to a club” sexy, which isn’t appriate for the occasion, IMO.
I don’t have any problem with her wanting to look young and sexy, even during a performance, but her way of doing it is wrong.
Post # 13
she looks a little “stripperish”. maybe not the best decision for a piano performance, but if it floats her boat…
Post # 14
Bump …. Any other thoughts?
Post # 15
I think it’s distracting and therefore takes away from the performance, as others have mentioned…therefore, it’s totally fair game for critis to mention it.
If I wore something like that to MY job, where I am not even seen by our clients/customers, I would be sent home. I don’t see how it’s any different in this case.
She is very attractive and has a nice body, etc…but it’s not the proper attire for her job.
Post # 16
Looks like she is a back up dancer to a pop singer or getting on stage to strip or going to a club to dance all night. From that photo, I would have never guessed she was a pianist.
Sadly, people are going to judge what you wear. I mean, look at Venus and Serena. Great tennis players, but crictics are always talking about what they are wearing.