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ACE Drops The Hammer

On October 16th this year Arts Council England (ACE) told Article19 that the "vast majority" of regularly funded arts organisations (RFO) in England would be receiving "good news" about their ongoing commitment to provide support. It would appear, following some...

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 19, 2007 12:24 PM

Painting Pictures

When they close the book on dance blogging, history will note that it was here, and here alone, that Panda bears and cocaine were mentioned in the same piece of writing. It is those two most disparate elements that...

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 16, 2007 7:39 PM

ACE Goes Bargain Hunting

It's one thing when we, here in TheLab™ have to get on the metaphorical soap box and decry ACE for wasting huge sums of money on things that were, on reflection, not worth the price of a carton of milk....

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 6, 2007 2:33 PM

Social Dancing

Social networking, on the internet at least, is a phenomenon (or irritation) that's very hard to ignore and depending on who you talk to it is either the saviour of mankind or an unrelenting scourge that will be the...

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 5, 2007 4:41 PM

Misquoted?

People on the "inside" of the business that we call show are well aware of the dubious practice of selective quoting that goes on for publicity materials. A word removed here and there, a little bit of context obscured,...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 29, 2007 1:53 PM

What Are You Doing?

Arts Council England (ACE) has a mantra which states; "never say anything with 100 words when it can be said in a 10,000 word summary that no one will ever read". With that in mind they have released the...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 12, 2007 12:30 PM

Dance City, Takes Ball, Goes Home

The procedure for Article19 securing permission to film a performance is pretty straight forward. We call or email the company, explain what we want to do, the company, almost always, say yes. The company then let the venue know...

Published in The EvilImp™ on October 21, 2007 1:08 PM

Can We Have Some More Please?

Last weeks announcement that arts funding will not be cut back to pay for the Olympics, in fact funding is going up in line with inflation plus 1.1%, have brought the great and not so good out of the wood...

Published in The EvilImp™ on October 15, 2007 1:20 PM

Didn't We Fire That B*tch?

The petition to try and persuade the Government to not spend huge sums of money (£9.5Billion at the last count) on the London Olympics in 2012 has, as expected, fallen on deaf ears. The Prime Minister's office has responded to...

Published in The EvilImp™ on October 4, 2007 4:49 PM

Is Damien Hirst a Prat?

As one Article19's readers can be heard yelling "YES" at the top of their collective voice but hear the man out first and then answer. It appears that one of Mr Hirst's famous, or infamous, pieces of art is...

Published in The EvilImp™ on October 1, 2007 4:25 PM

Finally, A Good Idea

If you're looking for good ideas from the dance administration machine they are, like the mythical Scottish Haggis, hard to find. They do exist however and often times they are based on well worn ideas of old. Dance Umbrella, the...

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 30, 2007 3:46 PM

The Union Is A State

If you're an independent film maker then getting your hands on money to finance your project is hard, if you're a dance film maker then getting your hands on money to finance your project is almost impossible. Unless of...

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 30, 2007 1:45 PM

If Wheeldon Wobbles Will He Fall Down?

Christopher Wheeldon, the current poster boy of ballet, will be launching his company, Morphoses, in London this week at Sadlers Wells Theatre. For the last few months barely a word has been written about the wonder boy choreographer that...

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 16, 2007 10:05 PM

Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?

Things must be very slow during the summer at Arts Council England (ACE) because the funding monolith has gotten all "FBI" and is "launching an inquiry" into just why there are so many US musicals in the West End...

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 10, 2007 12:35 PM

Difficult Perspective

The saying goes; "numbers don't lie", unless you work for the United States Supreme Court and you want George Bush to be President that is. When we talk about dance the numbers are usually pretty small. Small companies, small...

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 3, 2007 12:37 PM

Bend Over!

Far from taking the organising committee of the London Olympics (LOCOG) into the street and beating them down for even thinking of blowing £9.2billion on a 3 week long sports event, Arts Council England has, once again, dropped its...

Published in The EvilImp™ on August 13, 2007 9:34 PM

At What Point!

It's no secret that here in TheLab™ we are not big fans of the Olympic Games. Sure, we enjoyed watching Cathy Freeman win the 400m in Syndney just like everybody else. If running around tracks is your thing then...

Published in The EvilImp™ on August 5, 2007 8:33 PM

Monica Mason, Bat Sh*t Crazy?

It's tough being the Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet. The company is on autopilot churning out tedium on tap, Wayne McGregor is your resident choreographer but he's never there and Christopher Wheeldon is trying to poach all your best...

Published in The EvilImp™ on August 4, 2007 7:26 PM

Ringing Bells

Dance is often described, usually in a whimsical tone of voice with folk music as accompaniment, as a "universal language". Dance is a form of expression that transcends the spoken word, different cultures, religions, even continents are no obstacle to...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 30, 2007 2:34 PM

StreB(ed) Out

It's unusual for members of the dance fraternity to engage in open warfare, through the media, but that is what's happening between Terry Dean Bartlett and Elizabeth Streb, the AD of Streb Extreme Action (yes, that's really what the company...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 25, 2007 2:07 PM

Any Slower and You'll Stop

The latest dance "media" project causing a fuss in the wide world of dance is the 'Slow Dances' project by David Michalek, an artist of sorts who has chosen to point high speed film cameras at dancers, and little else!...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 23, 2007 12:19 PM

A New Hope?

The new Minister for Culture, Media and Sport in England, James Purnell, has promised to put an end to the mantra of achieving targets that have made the arts into little more than a process of arithmetic deduction for several...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 8, 2007 7:13 PM

Babel Fish

Fauston Carpet of the Amsterdam Research and Science Enterprise guest blogs on the Evil Imp to decipher the recently released job description for the new Artistic Director of Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne. The National Dance Agency is...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 26, 2007 3:31 PM

Says It All Really!

We'll have more on this over the weekend! [ Fancy a Well Paid Job? ]...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 22, 2007 4:22 PM

Has A Bulb Gone?

Staring into the inky murk on stage, shapes shift unnoticed from side to side, front to back, duets come together, intertwine, move on and repeat with effortless grace. A trio slides onto the stage from the left at the...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 20, 2007 3:20 PM

Curioser and Curioser

A couple of strange things have popped up today in some audition notices, well, one is curious and the other one unintentionally prompted us, here in TheLab™, to almost throw up. An audition notice for a television show on LivingTV...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 20, 2007 2:45 PM

Could'a Should'a Would'a

Those of you who follow US politics will be familiar with the mantra of the Bush administration when any of the President's advisers are asked to testify before Congress about what bare faced lie or illegal act they have been...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 14, 2007 3:44 PM

Expensive New Toy

As the rest of the arts in the UK struggle to come to grips with the massive cuts to Grants For The Arts (GFA) made by Arts Council England (ACE) the Royal Opera House (ROH) in London has decided to...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 4, 2007 4:11 PM

What's up with Hip Hop?

A few days back some members of TheLab™ went to a showcase dance performance. You know the sort of thing, several works, different dance makers, all a bit of a mixed bag between creative professionals and first timers. In...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 3, 2007 9:23 PM

Roll Your Eyes

Most ridiculous quote of the year, so far, has to go to Karole Armitage a veteran choreographer who presented the premiere of her new piece, 'Gran Partita', with Rambert at Sadler's Wells yesterday. When discussing the work in an "interview"...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 23, 2007 3:24 PM

Covering Your Tracks

In our second Royal Opera House story of the day we focus on the selective facts coming out of ROH about the recent donation from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation of £10Million (GBP). With regards to the donation itself there is...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 16, 2007 2:42 PM

The People's House?

News came through last week that the Paul Hamlyn Foundation has given our old friends at the Royal Opera House a rather hefty donation of £10Million (GBP). The money will be placed into an endowment to provide year on year...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 16, 2007 2:16 PM

Save Your Sympathy

Whilst most people in the arts are infuriated about the huge cuts being made to funding by ACE there are some that have expressed sympathy for the funding giant because the cuts are really being made by the Government so...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 7, 2007 3:57 PM

Push Back

If you've been following the news, which is a struggle sometimes I know, then you will of course have heard about the cuts to the Grant for the Arts programme made by ACE a couple of weeks ago. Well to...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 30, 2007 7:12 PM

Vomit Mustard Yellow

We must apologise for the picture above. We had nothing to do with creating it but publish it we must for, after all, how can we mock the inept and the stupid if we don't illustrate why we are...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 19, 2007 1:37 PM

Ave atque vale

The non announcement by Arts Council England that Grants for the Arts will be cut by a staggering 35% (£29million) is further evidence, if any were needed, that ACE are poor stewards of this country's artistic well being. It is...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 4, 2007 9:44 PM

Submarine Car

In the second part of our series looking at rich people doing stupid things we focus on a young lady known only as 'Hayley' who is under the slightly misguided impression the Merecedes Benz sports cars have underwater capabilities....

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 27, 2007 4:09 PM

State of the Obvious

It's been an interesting week in dance. We've seen some excellent dancers performing some excellent work and when you really get down to it that's what this art form is all about. But then the politicians and the bureaucrats...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 24, 2007 2:56 PM

Stop The Madness

Olympics Update 2: News reaches TheLab™ that the cost of staging the 2012 Olympics in London has now ballooned to a staggering £9billion GBP ($17.5billion USD) up from the previously forecast total of "only" £2.8billion GBP ($5.4billion USD). Over £2billion...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 17, 2007 2:50 PM

Billy No Mates

Here in TheLab™ we have absolutely nothing against rich people. If we were burdened with massive wealth we would be doing the same thing as we are now but in a place with heating, running water and a few less...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 12, 2007 11:24 PM

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