Sorry Twister, but the Review says re. the Royal Ballet, "We understand that a member of the cleaning staff is now in charge and everything is going rather well." As Monica Mason is the one in charge, she is referred to in the Review.
It comes as no surprise to me that the terms and conditions of contemporary dancers are very poor in the UK. Here's what I said in July:
"A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to make the case for dance and the need to remedy the appalling pay and conditions that are all too often seen in the sector."
Here is the link to our coverage of "Paying for the Privilige"
seminar run by DanceUK at Dance Umbrella 2001.
My guess is that DanceUK's measured lobbying on this theme was one of the factors that lead to the specific mention of dance in the Govt spending review in July 2002. I suspect that their approach will be more successful than vitriolic diatribes.
Re, the quality of UK contemporary dancers, again it didn't really come as a gob-smack moment. Here's what I said about the Snag Project tour, earlier this year, "If you get the chance do go and see these performances. They feature some of the best dancers in any style performing currently in the UK."
Re. Ashley Page, sticking to a style of dance making that you know the bulk of the audience at the ROH will hate could be described as brave or misguided (I'd go for the former), but wet is not what springs to mind.
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