"The" Dance House

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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The weekend of October 9th saw the opening of the latest in a long line of white elephants expensive new dance facilities with the ribbon cutting (and they really did cut a ribbon) on the £8.9million Jerwood Dance Centre in Ipswich the home of Dance East one of the UK's National Dance Agencies.

If you're wondering why articles like this always mention how much money it costs to construct these things it's partly due to the fact that we can't bloody believe how much money it costs to build these things, most of the time anyway!

This particular "dance house" comes equipped with all the things one might expect. Dance studios, a small theatre, a shop, a cafe, some offices and a small team of highly trained assassins hiding in the basement just waiting to pounce on unsuspecting dance administrators.

We might have made one of those things up!

The last hugely expensive NDA to open, Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne, is currently looking for its third artistic director in as many years and they can barely afford the electric bill.

Let's hope this one doesn't go the same way, although our internal office pool is a little bit cynical on this issue to say the least.

Dancers looking around the industry to see what has changed thanks to the opening of this new building have reportedly been disappointed having realised the status quo is firmly in-place.

Still, nothing like the smell of fresh paint in morning class to get the day off to a good start huh?

[ Dance East ]

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