New Boss, Same As The Old Boss?

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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 new ACE CEO is the one of the right.... at least we think it's the one on the right, can't really tell!

Arts Council England has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to replace the outgoing "man with a personal personality vacuum" Alan Davey. Darren Henley will take up the job when he leaves his current position running the commercial classical music radio station Classic FM.

Ironically Mr Davey is leaving to take charge of BBC Radio 3, a station that specialises in classical music. At the time of writing we were unable to confirm with the Funding Monolith if running a classical music radio station was a prerequisite for being appointed CEO, mainly because we didn't ask them.

The press mug shot doing the rounds on various websites suggests Mr Henley is the long lost 1st cousin of Mr Davey. Again, The Big Bad did not confirm whether or not certain facial characteristics were required to fill the CEO position.

Other than running a radio station Mr Henley's connection to the arts appears to extend to a couple of reports he wrote for the Department for Education and the Department for Culture Media and Sport, who had a firm hand in his appointment to his new job.

"The two independent reviews he carried out for the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport into music and cultural education were published in 2011 and 2012. They resulted in a range of new initiatives including England's first National Plan for Music Education, a new network of Music Education Hubs, the Museums and Schools programme and the creation of the National Youth Dance Company."

Over at The Spectator Norman Lebrecht today is frothing at the mouth about ACE, because that's what they do, and suggests Mr Henley will;

"... apply a sound business sense to the ACE structure and a shrewd eye for cost/benefit ratios to the priorities for subsidy."

That's a somewhat hilarious claim given that ACE credit him with the creation of The National Youth Dance Company a £400,000 per year boondoggle that does precisely nothing to advance the prospects of young people in dance who wish to become professionals. Good start Darren!

Another curiosity about Mr Henley is the mans personal Twitter account. He currently follows more than 10,000 people on the micro messaging service. This is a common trick of Twitter spammers, they follow you to get your attention and then completely ignore any actual communication you have with them.

His Twitter feed shows no direct responses to anybody that we could see. If this is an example of his communications prowess then not much will be changing at the Funding Monolith in the coming years.

Mr Henley takes up the post at some point in the near future. If you remain very quite and don't move at all then you may just hear the sound of nothing at all happening.

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