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For anybody working in a freelance capacity, no matter what the trade, the biggest challenge is not necessarily finding work to begin with but getting paid for doing that work. Simply put, freelancers have to wait far too long in...

Published in The EvilImp™ on December 12, 2014 10:29 AM

The Chicken Switch

It's a well known fact that the worst thing you can do in politics is tell the truth. Even though people more often than not demand honesty the voices opposed to that honesty always seem to be the loudest. A...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 11, 2014 8:58 AM

Burn It Down

Here in TheLab™ we harangue Arts CounciL England probably more than every other arts publication/journalist in the country but we do it using factual information to inform our thinking and our writing.

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 6, 2014 11:12 AM

Fire Breathing Dragons

Arts Council England (the funding monolith) is all set for a big shakeup this coming January as their long(ish) term CEO Alan Davey packs up his John Lewis tie collection and moves on to pastures new at the BBC to...

Published in The EvilImp™ on November 3, 2014 11:24 AM

The Gagging Clause!

Arts Council England has denied that a so called "gagging" clause will be included in the new contracts being prepared for the National Portfolio Organisations for the funding period running from 2015 until 2018. Arts Professional magazine published a story...

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 24, 2014 11:38 AM

The Student Body

September is the time for dance students to return to their training or, in the case of the first years, begin a three year journey on the road that leads deep inside the wacky world of professional dance.

Published in The EvilImp™ on September 1, 2014 10:25 AM

Staged Stupidity

In the arts some folk may be a little too interested in what others think of them. All you need to do is look at the incessant praise re-tweeting, pull quotes from reviews and caring too much about being reviewed...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 27, 2014 9:33 PM

Reductio ad Absurdum

In 2012 protesters interrupted numerous performances by Israeli dance company Batsheva in the UK for the simple reason that they are publicly funded by their own country's arts ministry. The "pro-Palestinian" protestors have come up with the fantastically convoluted reasoning...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 20, 2014 8:03 PM

Shredding Money

In our ongoing tussle with Arts Council England to obtain information concerning the much maligned "Space" project the funding monolith made the following comment in response to questions about spending over £8Million on a website vs cutting the companies in...

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 17, 2014 12:19 PM

We Know What You Did This Summer

Yesterdays announcements by Arts Council England of their decisions concerning National Portfolio Organisations came as some relief to the wide world of dance. Most established companies and organisations survived along with a few new companies being added to the mix....

Published in The EvilImp™ on July 2, 2014 11:42 AM

Nobody Knows Anything

It's one thing fighting off the right wing absolutists when they spew their ridiculous rhetoric regarding arts funding it's another thing altogether when you are crossing swords with people who are supposed to understand the arts. Step forward Harriet Harman,...

Published in The EvilImp™ on June 12, 2014 11:02 AM

We Are Awesome

Here in TheLab™ we imagine that it all started with a conference somewhere, probably from the Arts Marketing Association. A well dressed hipster takes to that stage and proclaims, using forced confidence while holding an iGadget™, that if a Twitter...

Published in The EvilImp™ on May 18, 2014 11:07 PM

Essentially Worthless?

It was suitably ironic that following our feature piece last week concerning the problems with professional dancers trying to find properly paid, full-time jobs an audition landed in our inbox from The Royal Opera House in London. This particular audition,...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 30, 2014 12:19 PM

Play Fair

Professional dancers taking part in the audition process over the last few years will be very aware of the increasing demands from companies and choreographers to provide video material of their abilities in advance of being selected for attendance. Some...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 15, 2014 11:09 AM

The Lost Arts

The Guardian newspaper published a by the numbers puff-piece last week based on a press release from the BBC proclaiming that the publicly funded broadcaster was going to champion the arts or, you know, whatever. Said press release, loosely translated...

Published in The EvilImp™ on April 10, 2014 12:59 PM

Shell Game

The budget delivered by the Chancellor of the Exchequer is often a snooze for arts folk unless they are expecting arts cuts, the norm for the last few years. However, this time out there was, allegedly, some good news for...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 31, 2014 11:39 AM

Talk Is Not Cheap

Last week saw the return of the much maligned 'State of the Arts' conference rebranded as 'No Boundaries'. The website and the logo might look bit cooler but it's really just another conference. For 2014 the talking shop to end...

Published in The EvilImp™ on March 4, 2014 10:44 AM

Night is Day

For reasons past understanding the Guardian newspaper decided to give Arts Council England Chairman Peter Balzagette a nice long promo for a book he has written called "Is The BBC In Crisis?". The quick answer to that particular question is...

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 25, 2014 12:01 PM

Aches and Pains

Last week the Royal Ballet announced that they were cancelling a performance of 'Tetractys - The Art of Fugue' (seriously? Ed!) crafted by Wayne McGregor because one of the dancers, Natalia Osipova, had received a concussion during a matinee show...

Published in The EvilImp™ on February 11, 2014 10:35 AM

Dark Money

Last Friday Arts Professional magazine released a brief story reporting that the, so-called, "strategic funding" budget used by Arts Council England had risen by 67% from the previous financial year. What's unusual about this particular fund is the fact that...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 30, 2014 10:40 AM

Giving Evidence

If this was an American TV show then we could write about how the "Feds" were coming for ACE replete with pictures of burly folk in blue wind-breakers hauling in suspicious looking employees for "questioning". Sadly, for us at least,...

Published in The EvilImp™ on January 16, 2014 12:02 PM

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