Place Prize 08, No, Really!

panta rei dans lullaby

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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2008 is shaping up to be the year of the big event. British Dance Edition 2008, Big Mission 2008, The Olympics, Euro 2008 (that's a football thing) and some top secret dance festival in Birmingham hosted by DanceXchange.

Sneaking in through the back door trying to make itself look important is, wait for it, The Place Prize 2008, the most ridiculously contrived dance event in the history of......... well everything!

The bi-annual bun fight gets under way in April next year and keeps on trucking until the end of the year but the call for entries starts right now, right here! Well not right here obviously because if you send your video entries to us for evaluation we'll just point at them and laugh.

What you actually need to do is send your entry form and a three minute video to the ever so serious folks at The Place in London. Your video must be in a "digital format" (ie: MiniDV) or they will throw it in the bin along with their ethics and common sense.

This raises some interesting questions. What if you shoot your video on DigiBeta, DVCProHD, AVCHD, HDCAM, DVCPro, HDV, MPeg2, XDCam, SxS, P2 or, heaven forbid, your cell phone? They are all digital formats as are DVD, Blueray and HDDVD. Would these formats be rejected? After all, they are digital and many of them are higher quality than MiniDV!

The "regulations" also state that the video should be in "Short Play" mode and not "Long Play" when, in fact, there is no difference (the tape just goes through the mechanism slower). They also say that the camera must not be in "DVCAM" mode which is a format found only on Sony cameras. Looks like somebody has been spending too much time in the Video Place reading their technical manuals.

But we digress.

Whatever you do don't send more than 3 minutes of footage because they will not watch it and you'll be up s**t creek in a cardboard canoe sans paddle.

When and if you reach the end of this choreographic, digital media quagmire the eventual winner will be rewarded with £25,000, immortality and a small boat! Except we're lying about the small boat and the immortality. The eventual winner should take note of this line from the regulations because it is all to telling;

Commissioned Choreographers agree to undertake promotional activity for The Place Prize throughout 2008 and for one year afterwards. Footage for news and promotional purposes may be filmed and broadcast without payment to or permission from the artists involved.

Who is this competition about again?

If you have more time than common sense then click on over to The Place website and let the entering begin.

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