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, 2016watch now
All the news that's fit to type as we bring you another instalment of what the hell happened over there last week in the arts. We know the graphic on the left says a "week in dance" but that's the GFX Dept for you...
The Stage is reporting (stop laughing at the back) another one of those stories telling the world at large just how much money the arts makes for the country. This time the number is £4.6Billion for 2012. This was apparently an increase of 13% from the previous year.
"The data was compiled from the Office for National Statistics information as part of this year's creative industries' economic estimates. Of all the sectors included in the report, the performing arts, music and visual arts showed the second largest percentage increase in value between 2011 and 2012. They were behind the advertising and marketing sector, which experienced a 26% rise."
The news story from The Stage is a blizzard of numbers each more confusing than the last. We, here in TheLab™, have no idea what any of the numbers mean, whether or not they are real or imagined or why they are more than a year out of date.
One question remains however. If the arts and culture are making all of this money why is everybody apart from Antonio Poppano (head stick waggler from the ROH) so poor? Where the hell is all that money going?
Answers on the back of a used lottery ticket to the usual address.
Nod As Good As Wink To Blind Man
From the pages of Arts Professional we have the news that some research is going to be done into the progress of fundraising in the arts ever since the government of the day took a hatchet to the arts budget.
"A new research project is preparing to explore the revenue generation models being adopted by contemporary performance artists and organisations, both in the UK and internationally. Although business models in the performing arts are starting to include philanthropy and higher levels of earned income or commercial revenues, this path is proving challenging for many. "
Unless research is being done by somebody with a Phd, a lab coat and a detailed understanding of what a mass-spectrometer does we tend not to believe a word they say.
In this case we have this;
"The project has been commissioned by Forced Entertainment, Gob Squad and Quarantine, and the survey is being developed by the agency Arts Quarter with support from Arts Council England's Catalyst Arts: Building Fundraising Capacity Programme."
So, the project run by ACE to try and get arts companies to raise funds for the arts is also funding research to find out whether or not that programme is actually working? Okay then, got it [nudge nudge wink wink]. Also, "Gob Squad", that's got to be a made up name.
A Posh Man Speaks
Some dudes by the name of Open Boundaries who are an "... open symposium on the role of culture in 21st century society accessible for established cultural leaders and for those who are discovering their leadership role." have published a video.
This video contains the words of one Benjamin Barber, political theorist (which is apparently a real thing) on how you explain the value of arts to
stupid people politicians.
He basically makes the point that once you get into economic discussions about the value of the arts then you've lost the argument. We've been saying that for years, but it's nice when smart people agree with us.
He also makes a convincing argument that plain doughnuts are the best and you can shove that iced, sprinkled crap where the sun don't shine. (we might be making that up).
This Week In Tweets
Dance companies continue to tweet or retweet things that don't make any sense, almost supporting the very people who are cutting culture budgets to the bone, for some.
Protein Dance decided to retweet the below from Culture Secretary Maria Miller, we made short work of it. Think before you tweet people!
Enjoy your weekend.