How governments allocate and manage arts projects is a mysterious science.
This week the Ontario Arts Council announced OntarioDances.ca a program to connect dance companies with dance presenters.
For some reason there are only nine theatres included:
- Burlington Performing Arts Centre (Burlington)
- Capitol Centre (North Bay)
- Centre for the Arts – Brock University (St. Catharines)
- Flato Markham Theatre (Markham)
- The Grand Theatre (Kingston)
- Living Arts Centre (Mississauga)
- Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (Oakville)
- The Registry Theatre (Kitchener)
- River Run Centre (Guelph)
Why just these nine? Where are the other theatres who get money from the Ontario Arts Council or Canada Council? Why can they not be mandated to participate? Have they been excluded as they are not good enough:? Should not a program like this be inclusive?
Remember the goal is to unite dance companies with theatres.
Amateurs are warned off:
We cannot accommodate information posted by amateur or recreational groups.
The only problem is who will decide what is amateur or recreational and what is professional. I’ve been to some professional performances (full time dance artists) which are so awful and risible there are no words for them. I’ve been to some amateur performances (people whose income is not dependent on dance) who have moved my soul.
In music, neither Lana del Rey nor Carly Simon could get gigs for years before they hit it big.
During that time, I worked as an overweight secretary in the offices of a production company. I pretended to type and take shorthand while extending my luncheon breaks to drown my sense of failure in more and more puff pastry and puddings.
What’s worse is that all this information is not offered to the world but locked behind closed doors.
What kind of portal does not allow the world to see what is there? Dance is not MI6 or CSIS or even the Ministry of Defence.
But go to http://ontariodances.ca and there is nothing for the public to see.
Hopeless. With friends like this, dance needs no enemies.
On the other hand, the video about what dance means to people, amateur and professional (I’d say about 80% of the people in this video are non-professionals in the sense of making the majority of their income from dance related activities) is pretty awesome.