It is increasingly difficult to maintain a stable dance company, and there is only money to support the functions. "A choreographer who, with the help of a person dedicated to activities of administration, distribution or various activities, hires dancers, artistic staff and technicians for days when there are bowling pins". This is the problem detected in the Annual Report on the Situation of Independent Dance Companies 2017. A situation that the director of the Observatory of Independent Creation (OCi) and responsible for the study, Fatima Anllo, it qualifies as "quite serious, with respect to the precariousness, instability and fragility of the institutions and the activity of the people", that is, of the jobs.
Since 2009, dance companies have lost 81% of their total income due to the decrease in grants and subsidies (73.6% less since 2009). That year, the average income was 364,663 euros, and last 2017 of 68,221 euros, figures that "confirm the lack of recovery in a dramatic environment," says Anllo. "However, in the last five years has recovered almost 30%, which shows a trend of improvement." The increase in income is accompanied by an increase in the number of shows (in 2017 it grew 20% with respect to the previous year, with what went from 18.4 to 22.2 shows per company) and of dancers (out of 9, 2 workers per company in 2013, to 11 in 2017). But at what price?
"The companies are the guarantors of the offer and the main source of funding for citizens' access to dance in Spain: they are the companies and professionals who work in those who are financing and supporting the public offer, but they do it to the cost of a great self-exploitation ", explains Anllo in the report that was presented on Wednesday at the Centro Danza Canal in Madrid. One of the most alarming situations, he says, is the dissolution of the legal constitution of companies, whose alternative becomes, therefore, the transfer of its management to companies of distribution and / or production of performing arts that hires the artistic staff and technical eventually, only for the days when there is a function.
The data of the study have been collected from 33 companies belonging to the associations integrated in the State Federation of Dance Companies and Companies (FECED): the Emprendo Danza Association, the Andalusian Association of Dance Professionals and the Association of Artists of the Canary Movement Foot Base.