The Week : December 10 - 14

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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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WEEK.jpgTime again for our look back at a week in the arts for news, snippets and information that may or may not be of some interest to you, our dear readers!

More Cuts More Hand Wringing

More cuts were announced for the Arts Council this week which is always good news. They are not as severe as before, totalling just over £11.5Milliion over the next two years or about £20,000 per NPO company. ACE, as usual, rolled over and died and started trotting out the same old arguments, our very own EvilImp™ argued that it's time for a change of tack. Financial arguements don't work, moral and social impacts might fare better.

[ Clarion Call on Article19 ]

Austerity Sucks, You Know?

Our very own super duper government trotted out another long list of cuts along with multiple reasons as to why we should all be miserable during the Chancellor of the Exchequer's "Autumn Statement". Many a commentator was quick to point out that "austerity economics" do not, in fact, work at all and the men in suits have achieved none of their goals. Few made their point better though than John Cassidy in The New Yorker Magazine.

[ Source: The New Yorker ]

Breakneck Backtracking

After kicking their CEO, Andrew Dixon, to the kerb last week, Creative Scotland promised to change its ways and work for the betterment of all artists throughout Scotland;

"Both the board and the senior management team recognise the need for substantial changes which will address the principal concerns made evident in our internal reviews, extensive external feedback, and the submissions sent to us by a range of organisations and individuals, including our own staff."

Whether they can or not remains to be seen but confidence remains low as it was revealed Mr Dixon will get a £60,000 severance payoff.

[ Source: The Stage ]

Best Headline of The Week

Coming from Arts Professional, after a long running campaign to get Arts Council England to admit the entire funding process for the "Artist Taking The Lead" project was little more than a sham. ACE conducted an investigation into its own practices and found there to be little if nothing wrong with the funding monolith and how it does business. We can show you several million people who probably disagree with that position.

[ Source: Arts Professional ]

Hard Time

After just a few weeks in the job of Culture Secretary, Maria Miller already finds herself under investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Committee. The Telegraph revealed some shortcomings in the minister's claims for expenses over the years. The DCMS responded by apparently trying the threaten the paper with a few hints about Ms Miller overseeing the governments implementation of the Levenson enquiry recommendations. Not exactly "back off or tonight, you sleep with the fishes" but it does make for good dinner theatre.

[ Source: The Telegraph ]

  • Carol Lee

    "Best Headline of the Week" - where are those several million people when it counts? The ATTL issue will only be fairly dealt with by an independent third party - anyone out there up for a second opinion?

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