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Welcome dear readers to our weekly roundup of news some, none or all of which may or may not be connected to the wide world of dance.
Blowing Off Steam
The BBC reports that an Arts Council funded project to blow hot, wet air into the atmosphere has been shelved because it was either completely stupid or totally impossible or perhaps both.
We know what you're thinking, the project had something to do with Alan Davey, ACE's CEO, standing on the fourth plinth in London and giving a speech but we wouldn't make a joke that is so obvious!
Artist Anthony McCall had designed a work called "Column" that was going to blow a column of steam into the air so people could look at it and go; "hey, look at that big column of steam" before going about their day.
The project apparently ran into problems because the Civil Aviation Authority had some concerns that massive columns of hot steam being blown into the atmosphere might cause planes to crash or at least make them very very clean on route to their final destination.
No word on whether or not the CAA thought the whole sting was "completely stupid".
ACE takes a hit because they thought it was a good idea to spend £535,000 on this but were apparently non-plussed that the project is never going to happen.
"It is a project that was visionary and testing new approaches and new technical equipment. We did monitor that appropriately along the way but in the end it wasn't able to deliver the vision of the artist."
Said a man from ACE who is apparently more stupid than the people who think gay marriage causes hurricanes.
If you want to see a demo of "column" then just go into your kitchen and turn the kettle on and pretend you're a tiny little person.
More Storms Brewing
The never-ending debacle of the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton continues with the revelation that people who are owed money by the theatre will not be getting paid.
People in the arts not getting paid? What else is new?
The BBC reports that £80,000 is owed to people who booked tickets for shows that will not be going ahead, what with the theatre being shut down and all.
Additionally, the companies that were set to perform at the venue are owed a collective £130,000 from lost fees and ticket sales.
"Jill Venn, chairman of the [Taunton Amateur Operatic Society], said: "I would say I was fairly angry about it all. To take £12,000 worth of advance ticket sales, our shows cost us well over £30,000 to put on, it's a lot of money, it's a huge chunk."
"Fairly angry" about losing £12,000? If we, here in TheLab™, were owed £12,000 we would be a bit more than "fairly angry" about it. If fact we would probably get very Reservoir Dogs about the whole situation or at the very least angrier than a Care Bear caught in a washing machine on spin cycle!
Perhaps that sums up the arts in general in this weird little country of ours.
Somebody does you wrong, you get "fairly angry" about it then have a cup of tea, a nice lie down and do a Bargain Hunters marathon on DVD. Problem solved.
This Week In Tweets
Our video of Northern School of Contemporary Dance rose rapidly to the top of our internal charts thanks, in part, to the students and staff and lots of others sharing the link to the video across social media.
If this happened for all the stuff we published then we fell sure the world would be a happier place. Sharing is good, so do it people!
Have a great weekend.