Following today’s Arts Council England funding announcement, here are the classical ballet companies in the new National portfolio organisations list and how the funding compares (I’ve included Sadlers Wells because they do put on classical ballet as well as a vast array of other dance styles). As you can see, there has been no funding given to Ballet Black :
|Name||Total Revenue 10/11||11/12||12/13||13/14||14/15||Cash % change||Real % change (Oct inflation estimates)||Real % change (March inflation estimates)|
|English National Ballet||6,861,286||6,387,857||6,100,403||6,240,713||6,408,441||-6.6%||-15.0%||-15.5%|
|Royal Opera House||28,294,806||26,342,464||25,208,100||25,787,886||26,430,076||-6.6%||-15.0%||-15.4%|
|Sadler’s Wells Trust Ltd||2,455,848||2,286,395||2,442,000||2,498,166||2,563,118||4.4%||-5.0%||-5.5%|
|Birmingham Royal Ballet||8,161,785||7,598,622||7,256,684||7,423,588||7,623,107||-6.6%||-15.0%||-15.5%|
|* 2011/12 baseline figure includes transitional lottery award relating to major new buildings, or to extend artistic programme|
As I mentioned at the top of the piece, Ballet Black has been given no funding from ACE. What this means for the future of the company is unclear at this time but the picture looks bleak. Some will argue that the company highlights dancers for the wrong reasons – that race is no longer an issue in ballet companies. Others will say that black and mixed-race dancers need role models and that Ballet Black provides them.
What’s your view ?