DanceDigital, who have been working with Marlon Barrios Solano of dance-tech.net as an Associate Producer have had their Arts Council England Funding cut. Arts Council England funding represents just over 40% of DanceDigital's income.
The loss of revenue funding threatens the organisation’s future ability to serve and develop its constituent communities of artists, audiences and participants.
Over the past fifteen years, DanceDigital has been instrumental in the development of the dance and technology sector conducting pioneering work with motion capture technology and introducing companies such as Troika Ranch to the UK. More recently, the organization has supported the development of mobile phone applications for performance and online performance projects. The work of the organization has contributed to the improvement of performance and choreography nationally and internationally in the dance and technology field. Of the decision, Tamara Ashley, director said:
"We are hugely disappointed by the Arts Council's decision, but while the loss of funding will greatly affect our road map into the future, we are now beginning to look at the options that could be open to us in the current economic climate. I will be working with the DanceDigital team, our trustees and partners, to explore different ways of supporting the innovative work of artists and of enriching our community through our existing dance-based programmes."
DanceDigital leads the dance sector in the development of new choreographies that integrate cutting edge and emerging technologies into their creative processes. DanceDigital will lead an international symposium Digital Futures in Dance at Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth in September 2011. Other projects include large-scale community dance events that will form part of the Cultural Olympiad in Summer 2012 and a major new dance and technology commission. Our goal is to enable the dance sector to fully harness the potential of new digital technologies. DanceDigital is seeking funds to continue the valuable services offered to artists and communities.
What is lost in the loss of DDs ACE funding:
Artist and audience development programmes:
Associate Artist Schemes
Bursary Artist Schemes, specifically for emerging artists
Subsidised studio space for artists to create work (often part of their overall funding package)
Programming of dance that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in dance and technology (many examples on our website, blog and this page)
Mentoring and artist support services
What is at risk:
Community, education and participation programmes that engage a huge diversity of people in Essex, Herts and beyond.
An organisation that has led the development of dance and technology in the UK for the past 15 years.
An organisation that is very passionate about the communities which it serves and offers those communities high quality dance experiences.
If you are interested in supporting the organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org