Big Dance, Big Numbers

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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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Big Dance the ACE funded participation programme that encourages people of all ages to get involved in dance projects has agreed that the "1 Million Involved" number cited in press release material is based on an unknown/non-existent metric and includes estimated audience numbers.

A spokesperson for Big Dance could not immediately confirm how the number was derived only that it was an estimate. Big Dance could also not, immediately, provide hard numbers or even an estimate of how many people actually took part in their London activities.

The number was also repeated by a website run by Sadler's Wells Theatre, one of the "hubs" for the Big Dance Project.

The plot thickens somewhat because the official press release includes a quote from Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England;

"In just 9 days in 2010, more than one million people were involved working with some of the most exciting choreographers and dance companies in the UK - marking an incredible achievement."

That would be more than 110,000 people per day working on a project which even for the most accomplished and patient dance maker would be quite an achievement.

We have asked ACE to comment on Ms Sinclair's statement.

According to their website Big Dance proclaims to be "the ultimate dance experience. The biennial festival features 9 days of dance in unusual spaces throughout London". Activities also take place across the UK.

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