La La La Human Steps, Down and Out

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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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It would appear that funding cuts or the general lack of funding for the arts is not isolated to this little island of ours. La La La Human Steps, the company founded by Édouard Lock and based in Quebec, Canada has closed its doors due to financial difficulties.

The home page of the company's website simply states that they are "no more". Mr Lock goes into more detail in a statement also posted to the company website;

"Its (sic) been an amazing journey full of outsized memories folded over decades. The artists I met, worked with and today hold as friends. The people we performed for and those who made our performances possible. Memories linked one to the other regardless of time or origin. Today this wonderful adventure ends. I'm announcing my resignation as choreographer and artistic director of LaLaLa Human Steps, a position it's been my great privilege to hold for 35 years. The last tour was a difficult one financially. Though the debt was reduced substantially due to the generosity of many of our creditors, the cuts that followed and the decision not to guarantee more than the current year of subsidy has made it impossible to continue. My letter of resignation has been sent to the funders and a resolution dissolving the company has been signed by the board. LHS is no more. It's time to say goodbye and to give thanks."

The statement goes on to thank every dancer who has ever worked with the company, a considerable number of performers given the company's 35 year history, along with all the other creative folk the company has engaged.

Some might argue, given the 35 year run the company had, that the transition into oblivion is a natural progression and better to find an end point, however involuntary, rather than keep churning away until the end of time but the loss of any company, anywhere in the world is never a good thing in the wide but relatively small world of dance.

A very limited video archive remains on the company website or at this Vimeo link ( but there's no telling how long it will last.

[ Company Website ]

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