ACE Litigation

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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's troubles are beginning to multiply as another organisation prepares to take possible legal action over the funding monoliths decision to remove their annual subsidy.

The Waterman's venue in London is claiming that ACE's funding decisions were "flawed and illegal" and they are seeking a judicial review to try and have the funding reinstated.

News of impending legal action follows ACE's announcement that a formal investigation is to take place into their actions leading up to and throughout the entire funding review process.

Union Dance Company are also looking into the possibility of taking ACE to court to review their loss of regular funding.

The theatre lost £416,000 of subsidy and if that funding is not put back in place by March 28th then it's off to the courts.

In a statement on the theatre's website they say;

"We shall use the full force of the law to appeal. Our lawyers have advised us that we have a clear case as there is no foundation to the reasons given for the grant to be cut."

These particular cases are certain to be watched with interest by more than 180 organisations that also lost their funding. If legal action were successful, which is a very long shot at best, and ACE were ordered by a court of law to reinstate funding then the flood gates would undoubtedly open.

Subsequent funding meetings between the two would also be more than a little bit uncomfortable we imagine!

ACE's funding review cut regular subsidy to 194 arts organisation, including 12 dance related organisations and companies, 17 of those decision were subsequently overturned. The decisions that were overturned may provide fuel for Waterman's and Union Dance's legal fires should things go that far.

In a statement, ACE denied being completely useless, or words to that effect.

[ via The Stage ]
[ Waterman's Theatre ]

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