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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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ThePlace in London, a multi-faceted dance organisation funded by Arts Council England, has announced the "Work Place" programme, a three year trek that they have pledged to invest some £500,000 of their "resources" in over its 36 month lifespan.

The costs are a split between support in kind and actual cash although no specifics on the split were given.

In their press release ThePlace say this much about the project;

"Work Place is The Place's revolutionary new programme for professional choreographers. The scheme will provide cohort of up to 12 artists at different stages of their careers consistent support in every phase of their artistic development.

Work Place aims to sustain some of the most talented artists in the current generation of UK dance professionals, enabling them to thrive in a network of fully-skilled independent dance practitioners."

If you want to be one of the 12 participating artists then there is not a whole lot you can do about it. There is no application process and all decisions about participants will be made by Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development, and an unnamed cabal of "peer organisations in dance, nationally and internationally".

Participants will be selected;

"based [up]on artists' previous practice and their development needs, with a view to forming a cohort which reflects the diversity of the UK independent dance scene. Invited artists will have normally taken part in other of our professional development programmes, for example Resolution! or Choreodrome."

The project also aims to provide information and advice to the artists from "industry experts". Again however ThePlace declined to say who any of these experts might be although they will apparently be sourced from Sadler's Wells, Greenwich Dance Agency, Laban and others.

When asked if participating dancers and choreographers would be paid ThePlace told us;

"Work Place artists will be paid for teaching and performing, and receive commissions to make work, as part of their individual Work Place programmes. They will also receive have access to free-of-charge studio space, research and training."

Teachers, advisers and experts alike will all be paid for their contribution. Funding/support in kind, per participant, including outside fees comes to £13,500 per year.

When asked why this project was any different to the other services ThePlace provide (in fact they are required to provide as part of their funding agreement with ACE), a spokesperson told us;

"[these are a ] group of artists at different stages of their careers, people at established level, people at the emerging level , people working together creating a community. There is a platform there that [doesn't] exist right now."

Participants in this project will be announced in April.

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