Welcome to a new section here on Article19 where we highlight the stories of the week from the wide world of dance that you might have missed. Since this isn't an Arts Council application a further 1200 words of gibberish are not required, let's get right on with it!
Tony Hall to the BBC
Tony Hall, the CEO of The Royal Opera House, makes a sideways move to become the Director General of the BBC an organisation that's been trying very hard not to completely destroy itself over the last few weeks. The BBC that is, not the Royal Opera House. Mr Hall leaves behind a massive six figure salary from one subsidised arts institution to receive almost the same amount of money from another heavily subsidised arts institution.
Gompertz Gone Wild
The BBC's culture correspondent caused a minor firestorm earlier in the week after he went on the Today show on BBC Radio 4 and just made a lot of things up. The Guardian got flustered, DanceUK fixed it's gaze and even Candoco Dance Company got a little hot under the collar. Our very own EvilImp™ set the man down however and calmed a nations fears.
Newcastle City Council Goes Mad
In the bitter north Newcastle City Council has decided to cut all of its arts funding, close a bunch of libraries and send children into salt mines. Although the last one might be made up. Over the next three years the council will cut £1.5Million from its budget and that number makes up the entirety of their arts spending.
Keaney to Dance East
The much maligned Dance East, the National Dance Agency for
Assis Carreiro The South East or wherever, has appointed Brendan Keaney as their new AD/CEO. Mr Keaney leaves Greenwich Dance for the Ipswich super-max prison dance agency that has a long way to go in restoring the faith of local professionals.
Big Pay Rise On The Horizon
Article19 had an interesting, albeit brief, exchange with a theatre director by the name of Thomas Hescott on Twitter. When discussing Tony Hall's departure from ROH we noted that the combined salary of Mr Hall (£450,000) and Music Director Antonio Poppano (£630,000) was almost as much as Newcastle City Council's entire arts budget.
to which Mr Hescott responded;
@article19 sure but the argument should be about raising salaries to match not cutting others down.— Thomas Hescott (@MrThomasHescott) November 22, 2012
So, all sorted then, £500,000 salaries all round!
Dance in Education
Finally, after a week or more of hand wringing over the exclusion of arts education from the proposed new curriculum for school kids Article19 published a short film that explains just why arts education is so important. As told by people who know what they are talking about. Watch it, learn from it, and share it about.