Dance Awards Are Cool!

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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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The National Dance Awards (NDA), run by The Critics Circle (as always, not to be confused with the Magic Circle), are back for another year of predictable gift giving in the name of.......... well, we're not really sure what the point is to be honest.

The usual suspects are all in attendance from Wayne McGregor to Christopher Wheeldon through the Royal Ballet, left at the traffic lights, past Mark Morris and up the Khyber Pass to Alexei Ratmansky (who the hell is he? Ed!) It should go without saying that none of this is, in any way, interesting.

What is interesting is the absence of the "Audience Award" which is voted on by members of the general public. In years past the NDA have used voting via text messaging to let the masses register their choice for the best dance company in the UK.

In January 2007 the winner of this award was Independent Ballet Wales, a company that no one had ever heard of. In our news story at the time we called into question the way in which the winner was calculated, it has something to do with percentages and relative audience sizes. We couldn't actually ask any questions mind you because there are no contact details for the National Dance Awards.

Recently, the television industry has bee stung by a string of scandals with regard to faking results of audience voting phone ins and scoring millions in phone charges in the process. The BBC programme Blue Peter even went as far as fixing the naming of a cat. You really couldn't make this stuff up!

There is no evidence or suggestion that the audience voting for the National Dance Awards was fixed or suspect in any way. Their decision to remove this part of the process may be wise giving the headaches suffered by mainstream television however. The Critics Circle did not immediately respond to an email sent requesting an explanation of the removal of the audience voting section of their awards.

The winners will be announced in January 2008.

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