Welcome dear readers to our weekly round up of news from the wide world of culture. Hard news is hard to find, seriously, take a look at the arts on Twitter if you don't believe us, but here's what we have.
The Female Choreographer's Collective got things underway with an "experiment" in London late last month at the Laban Theatre. They showed six pieces of work and refused to tell the audience who choreographed what to see if people could tell the difference between work created by men and work created by women.
Some folks reacted with outright, and somewhat ham fisted, hostility toward the whole thing and the most amazing thing about that? ..... It wasn't us!
At the time of writing the results are not yet in but if you want to join the
fight discussion then you can do just that via the FCC's website. Sign up for an account and get involved in the debate about why there is so much rampant sexism in the wacky world of dance. They may frame the discussion with more subtlety mind you.
If you want to know more about the FCC then look no further than our interview with the founders Holly Noble and Jane Coulson.
Delores Takes Umbridge
The current Secretary of State for Culture, Maria Miller, who bares more than a passing resemblance to Delores Umbridge from the Harry Potter movies, was taken out to the woodshed this week by Scotsman writer Tiffany Jenkins.
Ms Miller gave a speech somewhere or other and started singing the coalition government's tune about "difficult times", "austerity", "clown cars", "broken spreadsheets" and "inbred stupidity". We might be making some of that up.
Clown cars aside, Ms Miller was trying to make the point that the arts needs to make "economic" sense not "artistic" sense because, in the world at large, unless you can sell something for money then it's not actually worth anything at all apparently.
"Miller forcefully argued that the arts sector must make the case for public funding in the age of austerity by focusing on the economic - not artistic - value of culture. She told arts executives that they need to "hammer home the value of culture to our economy". And in case anyone missed the point, she underlined: "Culture does not simply have a role to play in bringing about a return to growth ... rather, it should be central to these efforts."
This is the first policy speech the Minister has given since she took over the job from Jeremy Hunt months ago. Ms Jenkins retorted;
"If we were to nurture only that which contributed to the economy it is likely that the safe, the tried and the tested would be funded. It is likely that the new, the risky and experimental would be avoided because the question would not be is it interesting, or good, but what is the expected return?"
As if to prove the point the BBC announced a 42 season pickup for Doctor Who, possibly the worst thing in the world ever and not just on television!
This Week in Tweets
note to the wacky world of dance: it's not our job to say "you're awesome" and then bat our eyelids and giggle......— Article19 (@Article19) May 2, 2013
We sent out that message in response to a conversation we had with the press office at Rambert Dance Company concerning their catastrophically bad videos on The Space. You can read more about that here.
Questions we had asked them went unanswered. Such is their professionalism, they chose the "la la la la we are not listening to you" approach.
They also took offence at out persistent attempts to get them to explain why an arts organisation wasn't open to a free exchange of ideas about their work and their use of public money to create that work.
If every journalist just gave up when somebody said "we have nothing to say" the papers would be empty, TV news would be empty, everything would be empty.
So deal with it!
Have a nice weekend.