Where Have We Been?

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 more observant among our readership may have noticed that, apart from keeping the auditions up to date as much as possible, we haven't published a new piece of work on Article19 since September 4th when we debuted our "Dance Stories" video feature.

So where on earth have we been all this time?

For the most part we have been ensconced in Norway filming a documentary for a local dance company for the last few months. Travel both within the country and back and forth from these shores takes time and a toll on the creative energy (and regular energy) needed to craft new content. October also brought us the Coda Oslo International Dance Festival, 2 weeks of non-stop performances and other shenanigans in the land of funny hats.

Never fear though, because we will be back to normal in short order. Coming up we have more than a dozen new video features from dance companies across the world with an eclectic range of ideas featured within. There are also a few video features that have been delayed for a while because the work load got a little too crazy. We will also be bringing you the afore mentioned documentary that all who work in dance should find both interesting and useful. Be warned though, it is a lot longer than 3 minutes and does feature copious amounts of dance footage. Marketing folk may want to avert their eyes from that particular video when it bows.

In none video related news there have been quite a few stories in the wide world of dance that we have not yet covered but feel the need to "get to". The ongoing issue of sexism in dance is, if anything, getting worse following the announcement from British Dance Edition (who knew that was still a thing? Ed!) of their line up for next year's event in Wales. Sadler's Wells also announced a new season of works for a couple of "well known" ballet dancers that leans far too heavily on the X chromosome. The big London theatre is also playing it fast and loose with the truth on some numbers they have been publishing.

Arts Council England, how we've missed them, have been getting tied up in knots by the government over the construction of a new arts facility in Manchester. Millions of pounds to build, millions more to keep the lights on, it's business as usual in arts funding central as the regular artists of this world struggle to stay afloat.

For more trivial matters, we look toward Random Dance [Company] and their publication of a somewhat dubious photo that placed a little too much emphasis on a female dancer's crotch for many who cared to look. Unusually, the dance maker in question, Wayne McGregor, got into a minor tussle with an Observer journalist on The Twitter, accusations were levelled, points were rebutted and it all ended with a whimper.

With any luck we will bring you all of this, and perhaps more, before Christmas comes calling along with some re-designing and rebuilding of everybody's favourite dance website. If Article19 is not your favourite dance website then we do, of course, forgive you, but we will never forget.

Stay tuned and stay slippy!

Top Image - Julie Dronnen Ekornes teaches a workshop at Nokkeland Skole in Moss, Norway as part of the Tilt project run by Panta Rei Danseteater.

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