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
Latest Audition: Rosie Kay Dance Company (UK) on 21 December 2014
Latest Shout: Sky Academy Arts Scholarships (UK) on 2 December 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 completey innefectual 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 gthe 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.
Charlotte Constable's Blog published on Monday December 12th
One Pair Of Shoes
Jenni Wren takes a look at how to look after you body over the long term including some helpful tips and advice that most professionals probably know but may not always pay attention to diligently enough to prevent injury and aide recovery.
Jenni Wren's Blog published on Sunday December 7th
Company Chameleon 'Beauty of the Beast'
The latest work from Manchester based dance folk Company Chameleon is 'Beauty of the Beast' a single, evening length work from company co-director Anthony Missen. We talk to him about the piece and bring you, our dear readers, material from the show.
Video published on November 27th, 2014
Autin Dance Theatre 'Taksim Square'
New dance makers are the lifeblood of the profession. If they don't step up and make work then the wide world of dance is going to get pretty thin creatively over the coming years. One such dance maker is Johnny Autin and his new work 'Taksim Square', a piece named for the area in Istanbul, the scene of mass protests in 2013 at Gezi Park, brutally put down by government security forces.
Video published on November 25th, 2014
Panta Rei Danseteater 'On The Outside'
Another new work for this year from the small Norwegain dance company. This time we have 'On The Outside' a site specific piece where the audience can mingle with the dancers, live msuicians and a live singer in the shape of Marie Munore.
Video published on November 20th, 2014
The Chicken Switch
In the latest low pay for dancers debacle Equity apologises for antagonising the Royal Opera House, the ones treating professional dancers like furniture. Dancers need a better union than this and that union needs better people to take a tougher stance.
The EvilImp™ published on November 11th, 2014
Burn it Down
Arts Council England has plenty of problems but arguments about semantics on an application form are not one of them and thinly veiled right wing attacks on public arts funding can't be allowed to stand.
The EvilImp™ published on November 6th, 2014
Fire Breathing Dragons
Arts Council England is getting a new CEO after the old and very biege one packs his bags for the BBC. TheImp™ asks just what kind of CEO the funding monolith really needs after years of cuts, bad policy and complete lack of public accountability from the curent regime.
The EvilImp™ published on November 3rd, 2014
Stopgap dance Company 'Artificial Things'
A first here on Article19 as we bring you a feature on Stopgap Dance Company and their new piece of work 'Artificial Things'. One of the few integrated dance companies in the wide world of dance this particular work was created by AD Lucy Bennet and guest dance maker Yoshifumi Inao.
video published on October 16th, 2014
Dancing With our Fathers Again
Charlotte Constable looks at a project that encourages fathers to dance with their daughters and asks why there is so much stigma attached attached to men dancing and also to the older generation letting it all go and dancing without any restrictions
Charlotte Constable's Blog published on Friday October 3rd
Theo Clinkard 'Ordinary Courage'
Theo Clinkard's company is a relative newbie in the wide world of dance having been in existence since 2012 although Mr Clinkard himself has been working (as a dancer) for almost 20 years now. 'Ordinary Courage' was the company's inaugural work and has been touring on and off ever since.
video published on October 9th, 2014
Swimming With Sharks
Arts Council England continues to play the digital media game with large amounts of money but this time a commercial company with a ridiculous name is taking £1.8Million so the arts can take part in a game they should not be playing.
feature published on October 8th, 2014
The Week September 29th - October 3rd
Sadler's Wells is launching a dance competition aimed at young people for no other reason than they are the target audience for the companion television show and why you should follow Article19 on Twitter (spoiler: we're hilarious, honest!)
The News published on Friday, October 3rd
National Dance Company Wales 'Mythology'
National Dance Company Wales are back on the road with a new series of works both old and new. The repertoire will change from venue to venue but when we, here in TheLab™, caught up with them the company were performing 'Mythology' by Stephen Shropshire, 'Tuplet', by Alexander Ekman and the improbably titled 'They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem' from Lee Johnston.
video published on October 2nd, 2014
Arts Council England has denied that a so called "gagging" clause will be included in the new contracts being prepared for the National Portfolio Organisations for the funding period running from 2015 until 2018.
The EvilImp™ published on September 24th, 2014
Anatomy Of A Failed Fundraiser
30 Days ago Article19 started something that Article19 has never done before, we tried to raise funding from the people who visit this website every month. That fundraising push failed but figuring out why is probably impossible.
Editorial published on September 5th, 2014
The Student Body
Alongside the technique training, the choreography, the performances and the dance history classes are dance students being taught enough about activism and advocacy during their years in dance school? The rules of the current game are unfair so who is going to speak up to get the rules changed?
The EvilImp™ published on September 1st, 2014
We analysed nearly 800 audition notices to give us some idea of the job market for professional dancers over the last 8 years. The numbers don't look good for growth, mainly because there isn't any. With some hard data in hand will this provoke a long term discussion about creating jobs for dancers?
Feature published on August 14th, 2014
Gate A6 - Heathrow Airport
Jenni Wren gives four important points on injury treatment, recovery and prevention and talks about her trip to Colorado Spring in the United States, a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn more about her own injuries and their treatment.
Jenni Wren's Blog published on Thursday August 14th
Where All The Boys Go
Charlotte Constable looks at the "Boys Dancing" project in the West Midlands and talks about about how it not only encourages boys to dance but could also end the stereotype that boys are strong and women are elegant when in fact they are qualities held by both genders.