Ashford Aerowaves Goodbye!

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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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John Ashford, the resident snowy haired AD of The Place in London, is moving on to pastures new after 20 years helming the "[place] for world class dance", if you believe the hype that is.

Mr Ashford will be switching his efforts to develop Aerowaves which is not a new wireless device from Apple, although with a name like that it probably should be. Aerowaves is part of the annual Resolution festival that concentrates on international dance makers.

During his time at The Place he was responsible for creating Resolution (a good thing) and The Place Prize (perhaps the worst capitulation to corporate sponsorship/populist pandering in the history of the arts or at least since the arts last capitulated and pandered to something or other!)

The press ramblings credit Mr Ashford with sowing the seeds for the career development of Lloyd Newson, Jasmin Vardimon and Hofesh Shechter, amongst others. We feel, here in TheLabā„¢ that their careers and subsequent success are firmly rooted in their considerable talents but we digress.

Boilerplate statements from Kenneth Tharpe, CEO, born circa 1845, said;

"John has changed the dance map. He has made The Place the home for new British choreography, and played a key role in establishing London as a world dance capital. Without his vision, passion and tenacity for over 20 years, our cultural life would be much poorer."

Wayne McGregor, AD of Random Dance Company (or at least he was the last time we looked, he may well be the Prime Minister for all we know) said;

"John Ashford's imprint on the British and International dance scene is indelible. He has not only championed very young choreographers early in their careers but continued to nurture and support them throughout their choreographic development with insight and honesty."

Article19's Editor, who declined to be named, said; "if you write a news story about this you're fired!"

Mr Ashford will leave The Place in July next year and the world will never be the same again, apparently!

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