ACE Evades Capture

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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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Arts Council England in London has declined Article19's request for an audio interview to discuss the new Capture organisation being funded by the Council to the tune of £200,000 per year, starting this year.

The funding bodies reluctance to be interviewed was apparently related to the fact that the interview would have been provided to our readers as a 'live' and unedited recording via an Article19 Podcast. ACE seems to be more comfortable with written responses to written questions.

Article19 wanted to discuss the relative merits of the project and management issues that had been raised by participants in the previous Capture programmes. Sources have cited possible conflict of interest problems, potentially unreasonable completion requirements and poor management on the part of Portland Green, the named producer of the project.

ACE we're also asked to explain the claims in their press release regarding the number of people who have seen the Capture films over the last 4 years. Quote:

"An estimated audience of nearly 100,000 saw Capture's installation works on tour across England in the last year alone, and millions of viewers saw the single-screen films broadcast on Channel 4, BBC1, Canal Plus and ArteTV (France), and at screenings at over 40 film festivals world-wide."

Press officer Rick Behari could not immediately provide sources or an explanation of how they arrived at any of the figures quoted above. Arts Council have yet to provide any explanation.

Numerous calls to Portland Green went either unanswered or were, according to Portland Green, dogged by technical problems. Article19 could detect no distortion, drop-outs or interference however following numerous checks.

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