The English National Ballet’s new artistic director Tamara Rojo has called on Arts Council England and the government to do more to help arts organisations overcome funding cutbacks.
Speaking at a conference held this week, where she announced the new ENB season, Rojo said that the cuts to the company’s public funding meant that it would have to be more “imaginative and pro-active” in fundraising.
She said: “I still feel there is a huge part that the government and arts council must take in supporting the arts in England because it is such a central part to what the UK is and your personality as a nation.”
She added that there was a greater opportunity for ENB to present audiences with work that “supports” and “inspires” them during the current economic climate.
Following the lead of other arts organisations such as the Royal Ballet and National Theatre, ENB will soon be introducing live screenings of its shows.
However, Rojo recognised it would be more difficult for ENB to secure screenings because the company does not have its own venue to perform from.
She said: “We don’t have a theatre so it makes that kind of initiative harder. It is a question of agreeing with theatres and seeing which ones have the equipment that allows us to do this.
“We are in talks with all the different venues that we visit and I am sure that we will try to do live screenings but we might not follow the same pattern as everybody else. We might use the internet and younger people’s mediums.”