Editors Letters Archive
Open Letter to Judith Mackrell
I am writing to congratulate you for your 'Critic's notebook' story 'I'm shocked at how soon dancers move on' (Guardian G2, 27.05.10), reproduced online as 'There is no sense of family in dance now' (Guardian Link), which I thought was...
Published Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 at 05:56
Just read your 'Creation' article and wanted to comment but I think they are closed... You make an extremely important point in relation to the frankly scary 'off the record' comment about being able to pay dancers more if you...
Published Thursday, 15 April, 2010 at 11:34
The Vexed Question
I'm grateful for the raising of this issue. It's loaded with big questions about how we change aesthetic and cultural norms and how art and society evolves. Article19's short and to the point questions imply it's very simple and straightforward...
Published Thursday, 26 November, 2009 at 01:40
Rafael Bonachela Misunderstood?
I'm still trying to get my head around this arrogant and infuriating posting from the Evil Wimp regarding Rafael Bonachela's position at Sydney Dance Company. It is obviously meant to provoke debate, yet it generates an unnecessary amount of the...
Published Saturday, 13 December, 2008 at 12:07
London International Dance Film Festival
Thank you for your polemical and fabulously ill-informed op-ed bit. However, better to be talked about than [not]. Have much to discuss about grown up attitudes to creativity generally and dance film in particular and not getting bent out of...
Published Thursday, 6 December, 2007 at 01:52
Difficult Perspective Kickback
Companies are restricted by touring funding and you can't perform in Manchester AND Blackpool because they are considered too close! This is the difference between college students getting a bus to the venue, or a trying to organise a coach...
Published Monday, 3 September, 2007 at 10:31
Dance Company Communication
I would like to get something of my chest. It’s about the don’t call us we’ll call you culture in the dance industry (amongst others). I have spoken to quite a few colleaugues, working and not working and the way...
Published Friday, 8 June, 2007 at 01:18
Nothings up with Hip Hop
Just a very quick response to your 'What's up with hip hop' article. I don't think it's necessarily fair to say that contemporary dance has moved on and hip-hop hasn't. Some comtemporary work has moved on and some hip-hop...
Published Monday, 4 June, 2007 at 10:23
Hello there. Hope all is well. Just reading some of your articles and thought it would be useful for all dancers to know about the medical insurance that Norwich Union offer. There are no penalties to pay for dancers, which...
Published Saturday, 12 May, 2007 at 01:51
ACE's Arts Debate
We were really interested to read your article about the Arts Council's arts debate. I'd like to encourage you to show your support and backing for the arts by taking part in the debate. Why don't you and your readers...
Published Sunday, 1 April, 2007 at 10:24
Dancers in the Slammer
Did you know that it is a potential criminal offence to organise a performance of dance in England or Wales - without a licence issued under the Licensing Act 2003? The maximum penalty for unlicensed performances, where a licence is...
Published Friday, 16 March, 2007 at 04:42
No More NDA
Oh dear Article 19 is very out of date. Technically there is now no such thing as an NDA. They are Dance Houses or development agencies. And in this list of website reviews you should have included the fabulous Dance...
Published Tuesday, 13 March, 2007 at 12:17
Feeling The Love
Does the dance world like or maybe even love you or your website? I think you are very funny and say the things that more dance people need to hear, can you and I open an Australian version of this...
Published Monday, 5 March, 2007 at 03:17
I have been in this wonderful business of performing arts and contemporary dance working professionally for the last 3 years. I know I'm one of the lucky ones and of course I've come up against a number of hurdles, thousands...
Published Saturday, 6 January, 2007 at 03:01
This [ choreographer's directory ] is so f@#:ing funny! I've just graduated and was trawling through the web for auditions and came across it, you perked up my evening (how sad am I?) but seriously it's funny - it's just...
Published Monday, 16 October, 2006 at 10:59
Where Are The Dancers? No, Seriously!
I do not understand this pay thing. I think we, dancers and the companies, are running in a vicious circle. I think the industry believes there is not enough money to pay for all of their expenses and that includes...
Published Monday, 25 September, 2006 at 09:28
Cut Throat Company?
I'm fuming. Fuming I tell you. Not on my behalf, but for a situation slightly amiss. A company (who I would dearly like to name but won't due to the fact I only know all of this through fairly reliable,...
Published Friday, 15 September, 2006 at 11:58
Where are the Dancers Reply (4)
Dancers, from a young age are continually being told that what they are doing isn't quite good enough, should be better, and that you should work harder if you want to make it in this competitive world. These are but...
Published Sunday, 20 August, 2006 at 11:56
Where are the Dancers Reply (3)
I completely agree with this article there is real culture of silence about important issues. Such as working conditions, auditions etc... I think there is a fear of making yourself unemployable if you speak out. As a young dancer in...
Published Thursday, 17 August, 2006 at 04:06
Where are the Dancers Reply (2)
Thank you for this article, I have often felt in this profession that you have to either shut up or walk. I'm tired of it, and to be honest when I do speak my mind to whoever I'm working with,...
Published Thursday, 17 August, 2006 at 04:02
Dance and Football
It's all very good stating the obvious, that footballers are paid ridiculous amounts to be crap in this country (face it they never actually do their job properly) but the problem remains that dance doesn't have the audience in this...
Published Wednesday, 16 August, 2006 at 03:55
Where are the Dancers Reply
Yes, I quite agree! It always does feel like you can't speak up. Perhaps because this profession is so damned competitive (and I enjoy being a competitive person to a point) that one step out of line puts you out...
Published Tuesday, 15 August, 2006 at 03:42
Dancer Activism, Where Is It?
Just reading some of the past letters that have been sent in and I have to say C'MON GUYS!!! Get with it!!!! It is refreshing that Article19 has the balls to REALLY give opinions as it does not happen that...
Published Wednesday, 31 May, 2006 at 12:22
Value vs Cost A Response
Read your article with much interest. I believe that you are being extremely diplomatic. And the double edged sword for the dancer is....... Blow the whistle on companies that demonstrate bad practice and potentially you could be seen as difficult...
Published Friday, 7 April, 2006 at 02:54
Dance Europe, Israel
I am enclosing a letter I wrote to the editor of Dance Europe magazine. It was written in response to your article regarding their policy on companies from Israel. Thank you for reporting on this subject. 'To whom it may...
Published Monday, 20 March, 2006 at 11:48
IBM401 A User's Manual
I'm French, living near Geneva where I discovered Erna Omarsdottir last year in her Solo IBM1401. I just want to thank you for giving me the chance to see the video of this solo on your website. It's just...
Published Friday, 17 March, 2006 at 11:05
Dance on Camera
Just a short note in response to the first rational article I have ever seen on Dance Film. Fabulous article, although I think it falls short to highlight some of the main problems concerning dance on screen. One of...
Published Wednesday, 15 March, 2006 at 09:24
DCMS Plays the Mi5 Card
******* forwarded to me your e-mail to her from this morning. Although I have no wish - nor am I qualified - to get into the detail of the policy matters you raise, I must take issue with your closing...
Published Tuesday, 21 February, 2006 at 11:39
I take your point, but surely writing a very negative review of someone's work won't do their career much good either?!? I just feel that it would enhance the reviews and make them more considered and balanced if they were...
Published Friday, 13 January, 2006 at 04:49
I'm interested to hear the thinking behind your strategy of anonymity for many of your writers and reviewers. They are often very critical and flippant about other people's work (as is clearly their right) and have no compunction naming the...
Published Friday, 13 January, 2006 at 02:23
Dance 4 Film
It is not only disappointing but also horrifying to view Channel 4’s latest presentation of ‘Dance 4 Film’. It is so disheartening to see contemporary dance shown in such a confusing and irritating way from the presentation of Jonzi D....
Published Wednesday, 4 January, 2006 at 12:04
"We would recommend Jasmin Varimon Company, Motionhouse or Charlotte Vincent for this year but you can pick who you want." Fair enough, but what a shame that you you couldn't spell the name of one of your recommendations. But hey,...
Published Sunday, 1 January, 2006 at 10:59
Cafe Peel at Dance City
With regards to Cafe Peel, we are an independent cafe who pay rent to DanceCity. As the chef I am trying my hardest to offer healthy nutricious food at a reasonable price to the students and staff. From what I...
Published Friday, 28 October, 2005 at 12:35
Just stumbled across this website (have essay title "all current forms of dance are contemporary. Discuss."?!?!) and would just like to say it was a welcome and funny distraction. was looking for an "about" or "home" section though to find...
Published Thursday, 27 October, 2005 at 12:37
I have spent the last month reading dozens of articles and watching performances that have been impossible to see for various geographical reasons... brilliant. Who writes it? Are there any of the authors bio's anywhere on the site? and where...
Published Wednesday, 28 September, 2005 at 12:39
S Creevey Wrote
I have just watched your interview of Helen Parlor. It is nice to see the snippets of her new work. I have always admired her practice. However, I was really annoyed by the typos in the accompanying script. Judging by...
Published Monday, 19 September, 2005 at 12:42
Too frequently I have been told that I am 'not right' by yet another lame choreographer with poor communication skills and half baked ideas. To frequently I have got up in the early hours of the morning, and spent up...
Published Sunday, 7 August, 2005 at 12:43
Who won the Incredibles DVD? Sadly nobody won. The entries we had (over 150) just weren't very funny. Another competition will be run again soon....
Published Saturday, 2 July, 2005 at 12:47
The listings seem to have vanished again, are they broken or have all the theatres gone dark for the summer? The listings have been withdrawn for now because they take too much time to update. They may return in the...
Published Friday, 10 June, 2005 at 12:48
A Reader Wrote
I often read and watch Article19 at Uni. and was wondering why there are not more in the way of updates. Sometimes you seem to go quiet for a long time? It comes down to a lot of factors, time,...
Published Thursday, 26 May, 2005 at 11:12
Rachel Kennedy Wrote
It's a little puzzling why you have "New Technology" reviews on a dance website, why is that? We carry such pieces to keep you up to date about what's new in technology because dancers and dance makers, like everybody else,...
Published Saturday, 21 May, 2005 at 11:23
Robert Kilpatrick Wrote
I noticed some of the videos look a little more jerky than others do, especially the video based interviews. Is there something wrong with my computer (to slow perhaps?) or am I imagining it? No you aren't imagining things. The...
Published Wednesday, 18 May, 2005 at 11:24
Farooq Chaudry Wrote
Yesterday one of my colleagues alerted me to comments that you made on your website implying that the project grant we received from ACE last year was the catalyst for international income generation for our company. Clearly from what you...
Published Tuesday, 10 May, 2005 at 11:27
Kelly T. Wrote
I work in the arts and read your piece "ACE and the 3 Year Stretch" with interest. I was wondering how you gain access to the detailed figures on a particular company's finances? Does the article reflect all of the...
Published Wednesday, 6 April, 2005 at 12:05
Matthew Weishar Wrote
Hi! Think the site is great, a real refreshing kick in the pants for the dance world from what I have read so far. I was wondering if you were running any more competitions in the near future? Not that...
Published Monday, 4 April, 2005 at 12:07
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Sometimes i think that ACE (Arts Council England) is like a different sort of dole for artists. I think the problem is that the turnover of staff is quite high or there are some staff who have stayed too long....
Published Thursday, 31 March, 2005 at 12:08
Rachel Davies Wrote
I noticed the comment left in the forum about the BBC4, Dance Academy programme and I was also wondering why you didn't manage to catch it? Surely you guys have the technical stuff required to see such programs. Also, why...
Published Sunday, 27 March, 2005 at 12:09
Where is the interview with Wayne [MacGregor] that was in the comedy section? In the comedy section, click on the link at the top of the page...
Published Monday, 21 March, 2005 at 12:15
Amanda Jones Wrote
I run a brand new dance company in Glasgow comprised of 10 girls who have never danced before, 2 with serious illnesses. After six months of getting to know you and basic training we are going to be performing at...
Published Monday, 21 March, 2005 at 12:13
I was wondering how I'd go about getting a copy of a few of the photos in the gallery. Hope you can help. If you want copies of the images then contact us stating which image or images you would...
Published Monday, 28 February, 2005 at 12:17
Stephanie Ferguson Wrote
Why is it that, when a company is premiering work in the north, many national critics don't bother to review it until it comes south of Watford Gap? ie Phoenix. Why is it that certain critics saw fit to slag...
Published Thursday, 24 February, 2005 at 12:19
Bravo to Michelle for her insightful column on contemporary dance [Idiots Guide]. About time somebody spoke our thoughts out loud. I will disseminate this information to many young, impressionable dance students. Hopefully encouraging them to think twice about what they...
Published Monday, 21 February, 2005 at 12:16
Waldemar Knap Wrote
I'm a polish student having a 3 years contemporary dance experience. I would be grateful if you could give me some advice about the leading contemporary dance schools in Europe (e.g.GB, France, Austria, Spain, Holland). I'm very interested in your...
Published Friday, 18 February, 2005 at 12:20
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