Our weekly roundup of some all or none of the news from the wide world of culture that may or may not have something to do with dance. Onward!
Perhaps the most shocking news we've ever come across in the arts is the story of Bolshoi Ballet AD Sergei Filin being attacked and having acid thrown in his face whilst returning home in Moscow a little over a week ago. Things can get rough in the wide world of dance but not that rough.
Ismene Brown at the Arts Desk tells a tale of palace intrigue at one of the world oldest dance companies that looks like it belongs in script from a soap opera, not the news pages of an arts website. Mr Filin is making a recovery in Belgium where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.
English National Ballet got itself a new director in the shape of Tamara Rojo and Ms Rojo decided that what ENB needed was a slightly less suck worthy website and a new logo. Along with some weird looking photos this was a turning point. Moving away from the balloons and phoney hysteria of Wayne Eagling to something involving no balloons and slightly less hysteria one presumes.
As for the new logo? Well The Stage quoted an ENB press flack saying this;
"The ballet company's new logo, representing speech marks and pointe shoes, is designed to show that "everyone in the company, from young dancers to the outreach team, has something to say"
Well, OK then!
Do It Live
Finally this week, it's all been pretty uneventful on the news front, Arts Council England trotted out its CEO Alan Davey for another one of their [alleged] live chats. Rocking it like it's 1976 the funding monolith answers questions in an antiquated, text based, chat room format.
Our very own EvilImp™ took the Twitter controls for the duration with a live "tweeting" of the whole affair. Mindful of previous requests to prove Mr Davey was actually sitting in front of a computer they posted a rather lame image of the man in charge sitting at a computer. Convinced? Not so much!
Eventually ACE had to admit the answers to a lot of the questions were actually pre-cooked;
Some followers mused which transcript of the chat was more readable. Our "Star Wars" themed version or the ACE official transcript that history tells might not actually be all that reliable!
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