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Dance audiences – everyone prepared to be surprised

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Any medium scale regional theatre programmer with an interest in finding a local audience for modern dance would have been green with envy if they had joined me and hundreds of others to see new pieces by Ghislaine Doté, Alesandra Seutin and Andrea Queens in London this weekend. It was a packed attentive audience from 4 to 80 years old, families, culturally diverse, and I suspect, representative of the community mix of the area, watching new contemporary work by unfamiliar choreographers. The secret…






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The Arts is a Serious Business

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Have you ever stood up to do a talk, or been introduced to a business “suit”, and known that they don’t really take you seriously as a business leader. Even worse, have you sat with your Board (as I have) and heard them talking about business as if you were the fluffiest kid on the block, and shouldn’t be trusted with figures. But then at the year end, after you work flat out to deliver accounts that make sense to your esteemed Board members, any question is couched in the style of “why didn’t you fix it”. Well I think I’ve come up with a solution thanks to 4N Networking.