Another New Dance Building

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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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The Stage is reporting that Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre have been given the go ahead to build a brand new "state of the art" (whatever that means!) dance facility in Leeds City Centre.

Aside from the usual hyperbole about the number of dance studios, in house theatre, office space, saving the environment and achieving global peace through change (move over Obama) the facility is exactly what you think it is! A big building full of dance studios that will almost certainly be run by people with an imagination on par with your average cactus! (come back Obama all is forgiven!)

We are eager to be proved wrong on that one!

The £12million (GBP) cost will be met, mostly, by Arts Council England with the rest coming from a series of improbable fund raising activities that will almost certainly involve buying bricks, seats, benches and other fixtures and fittings with your name on them.

By far the most interesting comment came from Mark Skipper (we're not making that name up) the Cheif Executive of Northern Ballet Theatre;

"....we are going to have a training school, so people don't have to go down south for their professional training, and we will house Leeds Metropolitan University's dance degree courses. It really is going to be a building full of dance at every level you can imagine."

That might be news to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance based in, wait for it.........., Leeds or the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance based in Dundee, Scotland. A quick look at any map will show you that Dundee is in fact much further North than Leeds could ever hope to be!

Mr Skipper denied being an idiot, at least we think he would deny that if we asked him because who would admit such a thing?

Arts Council England failed to explain why it is they can afford millions of pounds to pay for this facility but not pay for DanceUK's £500,000 professional dancer health project. In a statement ACE denied being completely useless, or words to that effect.

The Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre declined to comment, because they don't have one right now, he left to spend more time with his creativity!

The new facility is scheduled to open mid-summer 2010.

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