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Greetings dear readers and welcome to another round up of the week in culture where we highlight the stories that may or may not have something to do with the wacky world of dance but it's all about the culture.
On The Brakes
It's not much of a secret that the UK's current government is a bread roll or two short of a baker's dozen. To cement their complete and utter lack of credibility the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced a complete reversal of the policy they were trying to enact to overhaul the examination system for school kids.
The ridiculously monikered English Baccalaureate Certificate was controversial in the arts world because it did not include arts subjects in the core curriculum. A lot of people in the arts got very upset about this, so upset in fact they started a petition and then had a nice lie down with a cup of tea and a Rich Tea biscuit at the ready on the bedside table.
What prompted the reversal will probably never be known but the government probably figured there are at least 7632 valid reasons already for people not to vote for them in the next election so why add to the tally?
Mr Gove is promising to continue with his efforts to overhaul the education system. However, the man has yet to do anything in office that people have not almost universally decried as being ridiculous, so rest easy young children, your education is safe for now. Probably!
No More Reset
The New York Times reports that Trisha Brown, one of the dance worlds longest serving dance makers, is finally stepping down from the company that she founded in 1970. After a number of recent setbacks with her health Ms Brown probably figured that 43 years in the field was enough.
Over the next three years the company that bears her name will continue touring her work and other companies will still be able to license material from her extensive back catalogue. The Times also reports that the company has a massive video archive of rehearsals that should make for fascinating viewing for dance students of the future. Getting all of that digitised and made available to the masses is another matter though.
What The NT Wants
Back in the UK, The Stage reports that the Heritage Lottery Fund will be handing over £2.5Million to the National Theatre because the National Theatre wants some shiny refurbishments and what the NT wants, the NT gets.
The money goes toward a £70Million project that will benefit people all over the country, which of course it won't but what does that matter when......... oh never mind!
The Boyz Are Back
Finally, the Ballet Boyz inadvertently re-ignited the minor storm that erupted over their use of naked and suggestive images of their dancers. When a reviewer stated that the Boyz should focus on the dance side of things it all got very interesting!
Have a nice weekend and try not to be an ass!