Ballet companies : New National portfolio organisations

March 30, 2011

Ballet, Ballet News

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%
Northern Ballet                 2,825,644 2,630,674 2,512,294 2,572,589 2,641,977 -6.5% -14.9% -15.4%

 

* 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 ?

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One Response to “Ballet companies : New National portfolio organisations”

  1. Thais Says:

    It is so sad ;-( ;-( ;-(