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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 (ACE) has revealed its plans for moving forward following the recent announcement by Central Government that funding for the arts quango will receive a modest increase following months of speculation that funds would be cut.

As early as next week all ACE clients in receipt of fixed term funding will receive a letter laying out the plans ACE has in store for them. By mid December those same clients will receive a notification of "intent" with ACE detailing whether or not they will continue to be funded for the period 2008 - 2011, and if so, at what level. Those funding levels need to be ratified by the local ACE offices for each region.

When asked if the inflationary rise in core funding would be passed on to, in this case dance companies, an ACE spokesperson told Article19;

"Some of them will not be funded, some of them will get the same amount of money, some of them will get a rise, in line with inflation, or in certain circumstances there may be others that will get more than that."

Following the notification of intent all of the companies that have lost their funding completely will have a period of 4 weeks to respond and have the decision overturned by the regional ACE office. This whole process will be completed by early February at the latest.

ACE anticipates that the "vast majority" of their clients will be receiving "good news" about their ongoing funding. Dance companies in receipt of 3 year, fixed term funding include Jasmin Vardimon Company, Vincent Dance Theatre, Siobhan Davies Dance Company and Motionhouse Dance Theatre.

The funding behemoth was also keen to point out that no targets have been set by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for how much money they have to direct at the, so-called, Cultural Olympiad in the run up to the Olympics in London in 2012.

According to ACE the majority of the increase in funding, £28million above the inflation increase, over the next 3 years, will be used to run a pilot project to provide children in schools with at least 5 hours of "high quality" creative work per week.

Despite the modest upturn in funding ACE say they can do little to plug the £29million cut they have already made to Grants for the Arts since the funds for that programme come from the National Lottery. That money has already been diverted to help pay for the London Olympics.

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