Here is a press release from the Scottish Parliament's Education, Culture & Sport Committee:
EDUCATION, CULTURE & SPORT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES URGENT INQUIRY INTO SCOTTISH BALLET
Scottish Ballet's controversial decision to reposition itself as a major new force in contemporary dance is to be the subject of an urgent inquiry by the Scottish Parliament's Education, Culture & Sport Committee, it was announced today.
Committee convener Karen Gillon said:
"Our committee is very concerned about the recent decision taken by Scottish Ballet, in conjunction with the Scottish Arts Council, to change its whole artistic direction towards contemporary dance. We are, after all, talking about Scotland's national dance company and this is not a decision that can be taken lightly.
"Such is our concern, the committee has decided to hold an urgent inquiry, at very short notice, and we will be asking representatives from Scottish Ballet, the Scottish Arts Council and the relevant trades unions to appear before our members next week."
The committee intends to hold a single, detailed oral evidence session on Tuesday 25 September involving witnesses from the above named organisations.
In addition to oral evidence, written evidence can also be submitted to the committee by outside interested parties. Given the urgent timescale for this inquiry, the deadline for written evidence has to be by close of play on Monday 24 September.
The Committee would prefer emailed evidence wherever possible. Please email evidence to: email@example.com.
Written evidence should be sent to:
Senior Assistant Clerk to the Education, Culture & Sport Committee
Room 2.7 Committee Chambers
George IV Bridge
All submissions will be made available to members of the Committee, and will be placed in the Parliament's Information Centre for inspection. The Committee may also decide to publish in its final report any item of evidence received. Contributors should indicate in their submission if they would prefer it not to be published.
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