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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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Arts Council England has released the numbers for the National Portfolio Organisation funding application process.

With regards to organisations that were cut from regular funding we do not know if they actually applied for NPO funding. They may have chosen to move out of the regular funding bun fight and concentrate on Grants for the Arts.

Additionally, we do not have access to the actual applications or the amounts requested so cuts may not tell the whole story at the moment.

First of all let's deal with who has lost out. There are 19 fewer NPOs in dance than there were RFOs. With the two biggest shocks being the loss of DanceUK and The Cholmondeleys & Featherstonehaughs from the regular funding list.

Also gone are Henri Oguike Dance Company and the spectacularly useless Portland Green Cultural Projects, an organisation that refused to answer questions about what it actually did with over £200,000 in annual funding.

Several of the smaller dance agencies are no longer in the regular funding stream including Dance Digital, Danceworks and Tees Valley Dance.

Big ballet companies have all taken a universal cut of 6.6% over the three year period starting in 2012 (Northern Ballet was 6.5%). The funding to these large scale companies does start climbing back up though over the same three year period.

The most drastic cut to the mid-scale was Ludus Dance suffering a massive drop of 66% over three years from £280,000 to an average of £95,000.

The largest uptick in funding went to Dance South West with a 123% rise over the period. In fact the large dance agencies (DanceXchange, Dance City, et-al) received almost universal increases perhaps mitigating larger losses from local authority funding.

Dance East now ranks as the second highest funded NDA with an increase of 39.6% to £835,000 for the final two years. ACE perhaps wary of the brand new building the agency recently opened suffering at the hands of too many cuts.

ThePlace in London (called The Contemporary Dance Trust in the funding list) took a 12% funding cut in real terms.

Dance Companies

Many dance companies have increased their funding levels fairly substantially. Candoco have an overall rise of 11% taking them to over £400,000, Retina take a 37.5% increase to just over £115,000 and Jasmin Vardimon Company jump 19.1% to £250,000.

DV8, Shobana Jeyasingh, Motionhouse and Phoenix Dance Theatre all take reductions in their funding over the long term.

Sadler's Wells and Rambert have received 4.4% and 5% upticks respectively presumably so the London theatre can commission more washed up pop stars and Rambert can pony up for the electric bills in their as yet un-built new home.

The Royal Opera House, the largest client of ACE and home to The Royal Ballet, takes a £1Million cut next year but, somewhat preposterously, the number rises back up again over the next 3 years to the original level.

TheImp™ will have more analysis later today but you can review the numbers for yourself below.

Update: Blue Eyed Soul, one of the UK's few integrated companies, have issued a press release stating their disappointment at ACE removing their regular funding status. They will hold meetings with the funding monolith concerning their immediate future.

NPO 2011 Numbers

  • Jake

    For the NPO numbers, the 'swing' category is the percentage increase/decrease in funding for the next financial year compared to 2010/2011, isn't it?

  • it's the "real term" percentage gain or loss to the beginning of the 2014 funding year.

  • Rosie Kay

    Rosie Kay Dance Company was unsuccessful in its bid for NPO status. The non RFO status company applied for a small uplift based on its project based Grants for The Arts applications over the past 4 years.

    Rosie Kay Dance Company has had a high level of growth over the past few years, and has tacked complex topics, such as war (5 SOLDIERS), immigration (Asylum) and binge drinking culture (The Wild Party) with dance theatre productions. Currently the company is on its second UK tour with 5 SOLDIERS, and due to leave for Germany for 4 weeks of performances and research next week. 5 SOLDIERS was featured on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme. The company have also recently created an interactive dance website and is preparing for a large-scale outdoor event for the Cultural Olympiad, The Great Train Dance.
    The company is disappointed, but see their future in risk taking and creating exciting new dance works.

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