The Awards 2011

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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, 2016

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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 winners take away a giant bar of Toblerone, the losers will get run over by a combine harvester, just as soon as we can boost one from the local farmer!

Outstanding Achievement in Dance

Candoco Dance Company

In a year when we have seen a lot of older works restaged for a new audience, non stood out more than Candoco Dance Company's reworking of 'Set and Reset' (with an appended 'Reset' thrown in for good measure). Performed with with enthusiasm and enormous skill by the company of 7 dancers this is a piece that epitomises dance. It's sublime music and it's sublime movement, end of!

Mentioned in Dispatches: Ervi Siren 'Viita'. Performed at this years Coda Dance Festival in Oslo the Finnish dance maker, hitherto unknow to us, presented a company of 7 female dancers in a work about feminism, movement and the art of dance. Mission accomplished.

Outstanding Achievement in Dance Performance

Ellie Baker

It's always a joy to see a skilled dancer cut loose in a evening of work and Ellie Baker of Candoco Dance Company is one such dancer in her performance of both 'Looking Back' and 'Set & Reset/Reset'. This artists ability to blend movement like mercury shifting through zero gravity is unmatched.

Mentioned in Dispatches: Azzurra Ardovini Phoenix Dance Theatre a dancer who is quick as a cat and almost as small and gives new meaning to the words speed and precision.

James MacGillivray of Scottish Dance Theatre. A dancer of incredible experience and poise, deftly illustrated in his performance of 'Dreamt for Light Years' at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Professional PR Mute Association Award

ACE London, IdeasTap, Jan Younghusband, and that idiot from 'The Most Incredible Thing about Contemporary Dance'.

If you are too gutless to stick up for the ideas and projects your addled organisations come up with on the record then it's time to get out of the game because not only can you not play it very well but the chances are your ideas are demonstrably crap.

The Kim Jong-il Award for Transprency

Mathew Bourne and New Adventures

For their completely incompetent handling of their choreography award. Not only did they give the award to two former employees but also had company members sitting on the judging panel.

A perfect example of how to turn a good idea into bad press that leaves a horrible taste in the mouth reminiscent of cold medicine mixed with a half measure of arsenic.

The David Cameron 'All in This Together' Award

Arts Council England

For failing completely to reign in the funding of large scale organisations in the great funding whitewash of 2011.

The big guys and their salaries went unharmed as small and mid-scale companies took a severe beating to the head and neck. ACE presumes all of this will be fixed by Catalyst Arts a policy with more holes in it than a piece of cheese full of holes.

Coincidentally, at one of the seminars for this wretched scheme, somebody mentioned that we spend more on cheese than charitable giving.

Well that's sorted that out then!

Roll on 2012!

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