ACE and C4 Disclosure Issues

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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aceandfour.jpgArts Council England (ACE) has refused to release detailed budgetary information to Article19 under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the 4Dance television programme commissioned by ACE and produced by Channel 4 Television and MJW Productions in London.

ACE granted £117,500 to MJW Productions to produce the 90 minute programme that was broadcast on Channel 4 in December last year featuring numerous short dance films with Jonzi-D acting as the programme's presenter.

Documents released so far have provided very little insight into the production of the show itself. Following February 2005 there appears to have been no recorded communication between ACE and the shows producers even after it aired on national television. Some four months later ACE admits that the evaluation process for the programme has not even begun.

Detailed budget information has not been released to Article19 because of what ACE describes as;

"protecting the public interest in ensuring that the commercial interests of funded and other organisations are not prejudiced by the release of detailed budgetary information."

In other words they are more than willing to tell us how much money was spent but not what that money was spent on.

The 4Dance programme received a scathing review on Article19 shortly after it was broadcast. Channel 4 refused several times to reveal just who was participating in the programme or just when it would air on the national channel. As late as November 2005 there was still no firm date when the programme would finally appear.

Article19 has complained to Peter Hewitt, the Chief Executive of ACE, as per their own complaints procedure, for the release of the withheld information. Article19 is also filing an official complaint with the Information Commissioner for the following reasons;

1.> Failure to fully disclose all information under the terms of the act.
2.> Supplying damaged and unreadable information.
3.> Failing to supply information within the time frame given by the Freedom of Information Act.

The complaints procedure will take some time, we will keep you informed of its progress.

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