Arts Research Monitor: Information About Arts Disciplines – Dance, Orchestras, Documentaries

In this issue: A focus on research into specific disciplines within the arts and culture in Canada, including two studies of dance and dancers, data on the state of Canadian orchestras, and a report on documentary production.

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Canada Dance Mapping Study: Literature Review

A component of the Canada Dance Mapping Study – which seeks to provide a comprehensive profile of the breadth and dance activity across Canada – this literature review examines a number of research sources regarding the state of dance in Canada, including professional, non-professional, and social dance. The literature review is organized around six key themes: dance policy, economics, ecology, social aspects, digital technologies, and artistic expression.

A Statistical Portrait of Quebec Dancers and Choreographers

(Les danseurs et chorégraphes québécois : un aperçu statistique)
This brief report outlines key statistics on dance artists in Quebec, based on a custom survey of 375 dancers and choreographers with at least two years of professional experience. The report estimates that the total number of professional dancers in Quebec is about 650, including 470 women (73%) and 180 men (27%).

Analysis of 50 Canadian Orchestras’ Finances and Attendance between 2004-05 and 2011-12
 
Based on data from 50 members of Orchestras Canada, this report highlights changes in the situation of orchestras between 2004-05 and 2011-12, including revenues, expenses, surplus, performances, and attendance. While overall revenues and expenses increased (by 13% and 12% respectively), the report notes that “the overall revenue mix for the 50 orchestras did not change between 2004-05 and 2011-12." A more detailed analysis of revenue sources shows that “fundraising from individuals has become an increasingly important component of orchestra revenues (41% increase between 2004-05 and 2011-12)”.

Getting Real 5: An Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Production Industry
 
This report provides “an in-depth look at the state of Canadian documentary production up to the end of 2010/11 in both the English- and French- language markets”. Many challenges related to documentary production are highlighted in the report. Most significantly, “Canadian documentary production is facing its steepest decline in production volume in almost a decade”, with a 21% decrease in production value and a 23% decrease in the number of documentary projects between 2008/09 and 2010/11.

 

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