Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'
Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.
June 2nd, 2016watch now
The movies have the Oscars, Broadway has the Tonys and soap opera's have a distinct lack of acting talent. In the dance world we have, well, 'The Awards'. They used to have a proper name but it was rubbish and we vowed to come up with a new one is short order. Sadly that was three years ago but, you never know!
Our glittering awards ceremony was held, for one year only, in the upstairs cupboard which is worrying on two counts. First of all TheLab™ has only one floor and secondly, the EvilImp is afraid of cupboards so you can imagine the carnage!
But enough of this, who gets the gongs?
Lofty Achievement in Dance Award
Akram Khan and Company, National Ballet of China 'Bahok': Proof positive that Mr Khan, when he puts his mind to it, can pull a rabbit out of a hat and make an entertaining piece of work. Later in the year he got egg on his face with the Juliet Binoche fiasco and once again all was lost. 'Bahok' is making a comeback though, with its lower case 'b' which we refuse to use, so there may still be hope for Mr Khan and his ego (also known as Farooq Choudry).
Lofty Achievement in Dance: Special Mention
Pair Dance 'Silent Steps': Created and performed by Harriet Macauley and her dancers this new company to the wide world of dance stole the show at this years Big Mission Festival in Swindon (frightful place btw!) Excellent dance making with the just the right mix of pacing, music and movement. A work that's over before you know it and leaves you wanting more, just the way it should be!
Lofty Achievement in Dance Performance Award
Mafalda Deville, Jasmin Vardimon Company: Last year Paul Blackman took the honours, also from JVC and there's a reason. Perhaps some of the most challenging work in dance comes from the company and, as you would expect, some top notch dancers are needed to cope. Ms Deville's work shows her to be one of the strongest performers out there both physically and mentally and illustrates why dancers are a cut above the rest in the wacky world of the arts.
Lofty Achievement in Dance Performance: Special Mention
The Dancers from Galili Dance: In no particular order; Gaetano Badalamenti, Leonardo Centi, Arnaud Macquet, Marco Purcaro, Aimee Lagrange, Jahana Lemarchand, Natalie Rodina, Silvia Albanese Valle, Helena Volkov and Natalia Zinchenko. The company's work is outstanding but there is one caveat! The dancer's don't leave the stage, they just keep going and going throughout any given piece. It's not easy work either, consummate professionalism abounds in this Dutch dance company.
The Rod Blagojevich Corrupt Git of the Year Award
The panel of The Place Prize for completely ignoring the audience voting that placed Dam Van Huynh on the podium for the first prize. Instead they pandered to the posh folk and gave the £10K prize to Adam Linder, ex-Royal Ballet. Such sniveling condescension is worthy of a sound thrashing behind the woodshed. We'll have to settle for calling them corrupt gits though! Their names? Kenneth Kvarnström, Lemn Sissay, John Pawson, Kathleen Soriano and Jenny Waldman.
The Sarah Palin Women Are That Smart Award!
Assis Carriero the AD of Dance East for her ridiculous comments about women, babies and some other crap that if she really believes makes us feel sorry for her. Reclaim some pride, denounce your own remarks or bugger off, the choice is yours!
The Elizabeth Taylor Staying Power Award
Javier De Frutos for surviving just two years in the AD post at Phoenix Dance Theatre. He did a great job with the regular work but then shot himself in foot with the mightily awful 'Cattlecall' a work so bad it made 'Battlefield Earth' look respectable by comparison. It was a rapid fall from grace and we can only hope the man picks himself up and moves on in short order. We shall never mention 'Cattlecall' again! (you just did it! Ed!)
The Bernard Madoff Competency Award
Arts Council England for their spectacular screw up of the funding overhaul they completed at the beginning of the year. It was so successful that it prompted an internal inquiry, multiple lawsuits and so much hand wringing some folks had to be treated in hospital for their wounds. ACE's fall from grace would have been profound if they had any grace to begin with!
The Silly Old Trout Award
The trout makes a return and it can only be awarded to Judith Mackrell of the Guardian (it's the law! Ed!). Ms Mackrell picks it up, for the fourth time, for her ridiculous hit piece on Ross Stretton. Mr Stretton took a few shots at the Royal Ballet from beyond the grave, he died three years ago from cancer, in an archived audio interview. Fish face denounced the remarks by claiming he must have been mad as a brush because his cancer had spread to his brain. Ms Mackrell of course has no medical training to speak of, or any any other qualifications that we can think of!
We'll be back at the end of the year with the annual review and some other stuff. Until then, where the hell are all the mince pies?