Posted on January 30, 2008
On February 1 details will be announced of the 80 arts organisations who will receive regular funding from Arts Council England, following the publication of the McMaster report Supporting Excellence in the Arts. A further 86 institutions will receive grant increases of 50 per cent or more over the next three years while three quarters of the 990 funded by ACE will receive rises that are at least in line with inflation.
The report has been warmly welcomed by Dance UK who have collected responses from many key industry figures including Siobhan Davies CBE, Gill Clarke MBE, Nadia Stern of Rambert Dance Company, Betsy Gregory of Dance Umbrella, Kenneth Tharp chief executive of The Place, Wayne McGregor, artistic director Wayne McGregor/Random Dance, Charlotte Vincent of Vincent Dance Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh, Julia Carruthers of Southbank Centre, and Farooq Chaudhry, Dance UK Board member and producer Akram Khan Company. Alastair Spalding, chair of Dance UK and chief executive and artistic director of Sadler’s Wells, says “It is fantastic news that there is now a clear focus on excellence, innovation and risk, an attitude that has always been there in the dance sector but not always supported by the infrastructure that surrounds it. I am particularly pleased that the report signals a reconsideration of the value of peer assessment. People will be much more comfortable with decisions that are made if they feel there is some representation by those that have a working knowledge of the sector”. Well said, indeed. For further information see the website danceuk.org. Inevitably there will be protests about the new priorities and already there has been a furious response from Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, and from such threatened respected bodies as The Bush Theatre in London, the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, and London Mozart Players. By our next issue we should have details of the winners and losers in the dance world but the response by Dance UK suggests there is considerable optimism.
In this month
8 Letters to the Editor
11 Talking Point. This month David Jays writes on critics and criticism
12 The icewoman cometh. English National Ballet’s Daria Klimentová interviewed by Zoë Anderson
17 Are you ready for MOVE IT?
19 Gala for Maris Liepa. Photographs by Frederika Davis
20 Study Aid. AQA GCSE Performing Arts: Dance Specification Tutoring Choreography Part Two by Dr Lorna Sanders
25 Life and Meaning. Nadine Meisner previews Pina Bausch’s upcoming season at Sadler’s Wells
29 Dance Schools: The Rotterdamse Dans Academie by Jenny Veldhuis
33 Thoroughly modern dancer. Gerald Dowler interviews New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan
37 The Making of a Dancer Part 17. This month Mary Goodhew looks at health care for dancers
41 Another Opening Another Show. Barbara Newman reviews La Cage aux Folles
43 DanceScene International – UK: The Royal Ballet; Scottish Ballet; English National Ballet; Viva La Diva; New Adventures; Cirque du Soleil. Overseas: Festival de Danse de Cannes; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Bavarian State Ballet; Paris Opéra Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet School; Bolshoi Ballet.
On screen: Dance on TV
71 Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov
75 Obituaries – Marie-Jeanne, Michael Kidd, Richard Whistler
101 Dance Styles: Indian Dance by Reginald Massey
104 Kialea-Nadine Williams is our Dancer of the Month interviewed by Margaret Willis
106 Your Page with the chance to win a cuddly Milligan Bear!
This month: Acrobatic Swan Lake, Shobana Jeyasingh competition, NBT’s new Hamlet
This month: Darcey Bussell, Roger Wood
78 Teachers & Training
This month: Prix de Lausanne, IDTA, The Place
84 Where to Learn
97 Book & DVD