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Clarion Call

Economists all over the world agree that the UK's coalition government is completely incompetent. Absolutely nothing they do works, their ideas are all bad ideas and no matter how terrible things get they stick to their guns and just make...

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 10, 2012 11:58 AM

Hold The Junk

As dance companies go the Ballet Boyz are a bit different, different in that they appear to be more focused on the physical appearance of their dancers (The Boyz) than they are on the work the company creates and...

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 2, 2012 3:16 PM

A Man With A Plan

"In c.100 AD Gaius Plinius (Pliny the Younger), in a letter to his friend the historian Cornelius Tacitus..." You know when a report starts with a sentence like that we're all in a lot of trouble. So begins a report...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 29, 2012 11:42 AM

Upside Down

The arts world in the UK is getting its knickers in a collective knot, again, after somebody who doesn't matter said something that isn't true on a radio show people only pretend to listen to. Here in TheLab™ we didn't...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 21, 2012 12:08 PM

The Last Stand

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced the details of its government enforced restructuring plan to reduce operational costs by at least 50%. Part of that restructuring is the cutting of 117.5 jobs across the country from a number of ACE...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 1, 2012 1:19 PM

Weak Sauce

Arts Council England (ACE) is usually very good at getting itself into trouble but the latest debacle, not necessarily of its own making, is a stark illustration of just how blundering the funding monolith really is. Particularly when it comes...

Published in The EvilImp™ on October 19, 2012 12:21 PM

The £22,000 Question

DanceXchange, fresh from creating a massively expensive film that could have been made for coppers and a free lunch for TheSpace, is at it again with another massively expensive website project. The "spec" for this online portal of doom, a...

Published in The EvilImp™ on October 4, 2012 2:31 PM

Embracing Failure

If an alien species were to visit this planet looking for information about arts and culture to take back to their own world then said alien would be forgiven for thinking that the arts, in the UK at least, are...

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 10, 2012 11:24 AM

Betrayal

Over the last few weeks the remaining dance elements of the Arts Council England/BBC online arts channel, The Space, have finally come online. 'Come Dance With Me' (stop laughing at the back) created by Dance East and 'Spill' created...

Published in The EvilImp™ on August 30, 2012 2:01 PM

Old Things

After what seemed like 145 years of preparation and build up the Olympics kicked off this past Friday with the opening ceremony at the Olympic Park in East London. Debates will be had, probably for the next 145 years, about...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 30, 2012 1:03 PM

Spaces to Dance

During the summer months when dance, for the most part, is very quiet and not a whole lot is happening, we, here in TheLab™, like to exercise our imagination and recently we did some exercise about dance buildings. You...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 5, 2012 1:05 PM

Empty Space

For the most part it would appear that a politician's job is to come up with crazy ideas and then let somebody else deal with the resulting mess. Whether it's storing petrol in jerry cans or deciding that a colossally...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 28, 2012 1:43 PM

None of Them

The new cross-produced "Space" project from Arts Council England and the BBC releases a new advertising poster detailing all the dance that's on their new service. Click on the image for a full size version and welcome, to poster Wednesdays....

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 30, 2012 2:42 PM

Too Much

Akram Khan thinks that the arts have been "fed" too much money according to an interview he did with the Daily Telegraph back in February, an article lost in the murky depths of random arts coverage in the newspapers. The...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 16, 2012 1:01 PM

ACE Doesn't Get It

On March 29 Arts Council England (ACE) announced provisional approval for some grants for "capital development" to be awarded to organisations all over England to improve or modify their apparently ramshackle facilities. At the very top of the list,as you...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 23, 2012 1:38 PM

No Pulse

At the moment Arts Council England, along with many others with a vested interest, are talking up all things "digital" in the search for mass popularity of the arts and culture. One programme, run by ACE in conjuction with the...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 26, 2012 3:16 PM

Please!

Throughout the day yesterday (Tuesday 20th March) Article19, as is our want, was commenting on the latest Digital Capacity building seminar hosted by The Big Bad (Arts Council England). As we're not invited to such things (previous press access requests...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 21, 2012 11:56 AM

Notes To The Account

A wise man once said you never really know an organisation until you know their numbers. We can't remember who that was but we promise you, that is not something we just made up because we couldn't think of an...

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 21, 2012 2:49 PM

Priorities

As you may or may not know State of the Arts kicks off tomorrow in Manchester with the great and the not so good gathering for a good old wagging of the chin and not much else. Just in-case any...

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 13, 2012 2:13 PM

Compliance

click image to enlarge 'State of the Arts', the annual Arts Council England bun fight that seeks to achieve absolutely nothing and does so admirably and with enthusiasm is back. We, here in TheLab™, have not been invited, we...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 31, 2012 5:27 PM

Second Class

It's cold outside, it's raining, the holidays are over and the global economy is sinking into the mud. So it must be time for the National Dance Awards, held annually in London by the Critics Circle, a group of people...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 24, 2012 1:03 PM

Dance™

A long time ago, in a piece of writing far far away we, here in TheLab™, made a lot of fun of the Rural Retreats project being run by Dance East, one of the UK's National Dance Agencies. In...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 12, 2012 3:20 PM

Jingle Boyz

For some reason the christmas holidays have become the time for dance programmes that, for reasons past understanding, make it onto television. Apart from the usual classical ballet re-treads, this year brought us a couple of "documentaries" one of which was 'Ballet Boyz, The Next Generation' broadcast on More4 (part of Channel4) on christmas day.

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 2, 2012 2:55 PM

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