NSCD Year One
Article19 spent the day with a group of first year students training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. We followed them through their daily class and an all day rehearsal for their up and coming performance. We also spoke with Sean Willis a first year student with a story to tell.
Video published on April 16th, 2015
Latest Audition: Cultured Mongrel Dance (UK) on 21 April 2015
The Three Mouseketeers
Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter and Lloyd Newson send out a press release decrying the standard of dance training in the UK picking on three contemporary schools in particular. Their actions are both irresponsible and cowardly and our very own in house wild animal takes to his reinforced keyboard to explain why.
The EvilImp™ published on April 10th, 2015
Will Work For Space
New dance buildings are often covertly hostile to professional dancers and dance makers. Random Dance [Company] and their AD Wayne McGregor have a different idea with their new £4.5Million building opening in London next year. They plan to offer free studio space in return for teaching and creative expertise.
The EvilImp™ published on March 31st, 2015
The 90 Year Old Choreographer
Charlotte Constable recounts some of the life and times of Robert Cohan, a contemporary dance pioneer, former employee of Martha Graham company and World War 2 veteran who is still making work in the wide world of dance as he passes his 90th birthday
Charlotte Constable's Blog published on March 30th
Only Dancers Need Apply
Serena Morgan argues that you do not necessarily be a high achiever in one aspect of the profession in order to do well in another part of the profession and how do you measure levels of achievement in any case?
Serena Morgan's Blog published on March 30th
The News March 23rd - March 27th
Arts Council England decides that it's a good idea to put £650K per year into a ridiculous super-agency, Hofesh Shechter starts a new dance company with a really stupid name and the demise of Dance Up in Hampshire is a another sign that the wide of dance has big problems that nobody appears to be willing to fix.
The News published on Friday, March 27th
Hagit Yakira Dance 'In The Middle With You'
Israeli dance maker Hagit Yakira has been creating work with her company since 2007. Based in the UK she has created multiple works for the company along with numerous commissions for other companies and youth groups. The current touring work is 'In The Middle With You' a piece for five dancers that eschews narrative and strict technical shape making in favour of more relaxed style of movement.
Video published on March 19th, 2015
It's a false assumption that the more you pay somebody the more they are worth. All you're really getting is a diminishing return on an increased investment and the arts needs to pay people using a smarter metric. So it goes for Simon Rattle, Knight of the Realm and demander of massively expensive arts building for the London Symphony Orchestra.
Feature published on March 9th, 2015
Here in TheLab™ we have been covering the exploits of Verve, the post graduate company from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, since 2007. They return to the stage for 2015 with a brand new set of dancers and lots of new work from Kerry Nicholls, Luca Silvestrini, Theo Clikard and Douglas Thorpe.
Video published on March 5th, 2015
In the wide world of dance it's all about the cuts all of the time unless you operate the National Youth Dance Company because they just got a £50,000 boost to their budget to enter the top 5 rankings for best funded contemporary dance companies in England and they don't even have to pay their dancers.
The EvilImp™ published on February 26th, 2015
The Week February 14th - February 20th
The English National Opera is a complete basket case, a revelation that is a surprise to no one so Arts Council England has sent them to the naughty step by stripping the company of its NPO Status and the board of National Dance Company Wales can't hire an AD because it's really hard or something.
The News published on Friday, February 20th
Stopgap Dance Company "In Rehearsal"
In a few weeks Article19 will publish the first in a series of extensive feature pieces about professional dancers and dance students in the UK. One of our features concerns Stopgap company dancer Chris Pavia. As we prepare these new feature pieces will we share some snippets prior to final publication so here are some photos from a recent rehearsal for Stopgap's current touring work 'Artificial Things'.
Feature published on February 17th, 2015
Renaud Wiser Dance Company 'Who Killed Bambi?'
Prolific dancer Renaud Wiser turns his hand to dance making for his second full length dance work 'Who Killed Bambi?' A work inspired by the actions of Edward Snowden who blew the whistle on illegal surveillance by the NSA and other security agencies and now lives in exile in Russia for his troubles.
Video published on February 11th, 2015
No More Shapes
Nicole Guarino is a professional dancer and a photographer working in the wide world of dance with Mark Bruce Company. She took up photography while recovering from a serious injury and strives to be a little bit different with her work from the normal dance photographs we are all used to seeing day in, day out.
Feature published on February 5th, 2015
James Finnemore asks what dance makers are supposed to do when the, usually unpaid, platfom circuit is not delivering the desired results. Is there an argument to made for paying new dance makers to perform their work and would this create a new type of touring circuit.
James Finnemore's Blog published on February 2nd, 2015
At a time when touring for dance companies is becoming increasingly difficult Dance City based in Newcastle upon Tyne is bucking the trend and programming a lot of work over the coming months. We spoke with current AD Anthony Baker about this policy and what to expect from the National Dance Agency over the next few years.
Video published on January 29th, 2015
Why Maddie Zeigler Might Change The World
Young dancer Maddie Zeigler has become a sensation of sorts after appearing in a couple if well publicised music videos. Charlotte Constable asks if the dancer can be an inspiration to young people who want to become dancers and who want to know what contemporary dance is.
Charlotte Constable's Blog published on January 26th, 2015
Not Really Helping
In 2013 Rambert Dance Company opened their new studio complex on the Southbank in London. Before completion the company and ACE claimed the building would be a positive addition to the independent dance scene in London. If the cost of renting their studios is anything to go by however that is certainly not the case.
The EvilImp™ published on January 26th, 2015
Joss Carter 'Salvation'
'Salvation' is Joss Carter's second work and was performed in St Mary's Church in the tiny hamlet of Cleobury Mortimer in Worcestershire. Mr Carter's story is one more typical in the wide world of the arts. An individual working hard to bring together disparate elements in a small community to make a piece of work happen.
Video published on January 22nd, 2015
Eleesha Drennan Dance 'Channel Rose'
Eleesha Drennan, for many years a dancer and choreographer with National Dance Company Wales, is setting out on the long road to forging her career as a dance maker with 'Channel Rose' the first work created and performed under her own company name. We bring you footage from the show and an interview with Eleesha Drennnan.
Video published on January 15th, 2015
Candoco Dance Company 'Playing Another'
Candoco Dance Company have many pieces on tour at one time but their primary theatrical touring work right now is collectively called 'Playing Another' and features a piece by Hetain Patel 'Let's Talk About Dis' and 'Notturnino' by Swiss dance maker Thoma Hauert. We also have an interview with company AD Stine Nilsen
Video published on January 8th, 2015
The government announces £78Million in funding for a new arts building in Manchester. There are no plans, no drawings, no architect, no information at all about what this building will achieve or how the costs of building and operating such a space are going to be paid for with ever decreasing arts budgets and local authority cuts.
Editorial published on December 22nd, 2014
Too often professional dancers have to wait for too long to be paid for the work they do especially if they work freelance. Dancer's need a commitment from all employers to pay them within 48 hours of the job being completed.
The EvilImp™ published on December 12th, 2014
New Boss, Same As The Old Boss?
Arts Council England appoints a new CEO in the shape of Darren Henley the current leader of Classic FM. Will he be any different from the outgoing and completely ineffectual Alan Davey... the current information says that nothing will change and Mr Henley is a bit of a Twitter spammer to boot.
The News published on Thursday, December 18th
All I Want For Christmas Is A Dance
Charlotte Constable looks at the latest project from Rita Marcalo's called, 'Dancing With Strangers' a work that asks random people on the street to engage in a dance, not exactly something the reserved British public is all too keen on most of the time.