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The Awards 2011

This years awards ceremony took place inside two fast moving vehicles on the south-bound carriageway of the M4. It made serving drinks a challenge and the Imp™ was driving one of the cars so it was all very exciting. Our...

Published in Feature on December 15, 2011 1:24 PM

Say It With HTML5

Video on the web has become as ubiquitous as fast food on the high street. Chances are most web users will watch at least a few videos per week online. Whether it's a full length TV show using on the BBC's iPlayer, an interview feature here on Article19 or something terrible on YouTube.

Published in Feature on December 15, 2011 12:58 PM

The Philanthropy Gambit

Coming soon to an application form near you is Arts Council England's secret plan to fight government funding cuts to the arts with a £40Million philanthropy push. The plan is a secret because they won't talk about it, at least...

Published in Feature on August 7, 2011 8:13 PM

Share Fail

Social networks are supposed to make sharing easy but they only work if everybody actually shares material and does it with some consistency. Reaching a lot of people should be a very simple task.

Published in Feature on July 21, 2011 3:23 PM

Hiding Under The Stairs

In the old country we often describe trying to get someone to talk to you who is being particularly intractable as being an experience akin to "pulling teeth". It's messy, painful and getting people to sit down and take that pain is getting harder and harder even though it might actually be good for them.

Published in Feature on July 11, 2011 3:41 PM

Ad Space

We've all been in a theatre, before a show or after a show and perused the messy, confusing mass of publicity flyers for other productions "coming soon" to the venue you're standing in.

Published in Feature on May 28, 2011 4:34 PM

Brick Wall

by Martin French A recent piece on the 'A Younger Theatre' website (weird name alert! Ed!) highlighted the fact that all too often, when arts organisations are using Twitter and, to a lesser degree, other social networking websites they spend...

Published in Feature on May 9, 2011 11:43 AM

What's On?

Time for something dry here on Article19 because we, here in TheLab™, want to talk to you about listings, the bread and butter of online information when it comes to the performing arts.

Published in Feature on May 4, 2011 2:36 PM

On The TV

Arts Council England has announced the first of its seminars for "Building Digital Capacity". This particular gathering will take place in London, of course, on May 23. To save you the bother of going and listening to people yap for 3 hours and 30 minutes, the total length of time this seminar lasts, we, here in TheLab™, explain everything they will probably tell you and why you probably don't need to hear it.

Published in Feature on April 25, 2011 10:23 PM


Over the last 10 years I have filmed thousands of hours of dance in all kinds of situations. Hundreds of live performances, rehearsal, events, indoors and outdoors, from the most experienced professional companies to the greenest of beginners.

Published in Feature on April 19, 2011 12:58 PM

Sponsor Shock

How far would you go to secure sponsorship money for your arts organisation? Who do you consider to be the big bad in the corporate world and who do you consider to be just mildly offensive to your ethics?

Published in Feature on April 11, 2011 12:47 PM

Parallel Shoot

The last time we wrote a piece about filming dance and doing it well was nearly four years ago. In 'Shooting Straight' we outlined the basic tricks and techniques you need to deploy to film a live dance performance. Now, those techniques still hold true today but there is another way, a way you can film any dance performance no matter how many dancers are in it with just two cameras and, possibly, one operator

Published in Feature on March 17, 2011 5:20 PM

So Now What?

by Neil Nisbet In November last year the Sunday Times revealed that the chief piano player Music Director of the Royal Opera House, one Antonio Pappano, was being paid the staggeringly large amount of £630,000 per year. Their article also...

Published in Feature on February 22, 2011 1:19 AM

Trailer Park

There is a pervasive trend emerging in dance when it comes to promotional videos for new touring work. A trend that is moving toward incoherent, jump-cut, cinematic like trailers. What works for films must work for dance, right? Not so fast there dear readers

Published in Feature on February 8, 2011 2:19 PM

Don't Do It!

Here in TheLab™ we get a lot of email, a lot of press releases and, to be frank, a lot of stuff that makes us sit down and wonder "why the hell would somebody send this to us?"

Published in Feature on January 27, 2011 3:34 PM

The Awards 2010

A little bit later than usual we present to you, our dear readers, the annual Article19 awards for 2010. Yes, we know it's 2011 now but roll with the punches here. This years affair was held at the prestigious branch...

Published in Feature on January 19, 2011 4:11 PM

Moving Stills

Over the last few weeks we have been running upgrades on some of the oldest video material on Article19. Our first feature piece, at least the first we published, is almost 10 years old now, and although that's not really that old, in terms of digital filming technology it might as well be a lifetime.

Published in Feature on January 11, 2011 6:18 PM

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