1. Slowly suffocating in each other’s company, a group of individuals seek escape in a bash of riotous rock-n-roll. However, their wild disorder descends into playground politics and reveals some uncomfortable truths.

    In this cinematic and evocative production Stopgap Dance Company creates a compact world of riddles that question our notions about unity and co-existence.

    Website: stopgapdance.com/productions/artificial-things-2013-stage

    Production Credits:
    Artistic direction & choreography: Lucy Bennett
    Guest choreographer for the opening scene: Yoshifumi Inao (former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company)
    Danced and devised by: Amy Butler, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, Dave Toole and David Willdridge
    Theatre and costume design: Anna Jones from Curious Space
    Lighting design: Chahine Yavrovan
    Composers: Christopher Benstead (scene one), Jim Pinchen (scene two) & Andy Higgs (scene three)
    Costume supervisor: Rosey Morling
    Production Manager/Company Stage Manager: Richard Walker
    Technical Manager: Francois Langton
    Producer: Sho Shibata

    Musical Scores: Old Songs New Songs, written by John Whitney and Roger Chapman, used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp, and You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, written by Cole Porter, used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music

    Stopgap Dance Company would also like to thank the following artists for their input and support in developing ideas: Company Chameleon, Charlie Morrissey, Thomas Noone, and Rootless Root. Thank you also to Chisato Shemesh for support in rehearsal direction for the first scene and Joop Oonk for assisting Chris Pavia during the devising process.

    Supporters:
    Arts Council England, Farnham Maltings, Pavilion Dance, The Point – Eastleigh, University of Surrey, Zinc Arts

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  2. Photographs of performers in an inclusive dance company come to life. These are some sequences from a promotional film for Stopgap Dance Company made by Stephen Featherstone using live action, stop motion and cut out animation techniques.

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  3. Audience feedback from the open technical run through at The Point - Eastleigh (September 2013).

    Thank you to those who took part!

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  4. Official UK premiere in February 2014 at The Point - Eastleigh, available for touring until Spring 2015.

    The desolate and isolated world of Artificial Things weaves together beauty and destruction, and casts a magnifying glass on our attempts at living with one another. In the midst of bleakness, could we, and would we, surrender our differences?

    Supporters
    Arts Council England, Farnham Maltings, Pavilion Dance, The Point – Eastleigh, University of Surrey, Zinc Arts.

    Choreography: Lucy Bennett and the dancers
    Guest choreographer for opening scene: Yoshifumi Inao (former Dancer & Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company) in collaboration with the dancers
    Dancers: Amy Butler, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, Indra Slavena, Dave Toole, and David Willdridge
    Lighting design: Chahine Yavrovan
    Theatre and costume design: Anna Jones
    Composers: Christopher Besntead, Andy Higgs and Jim Pinchen

    Stopgap Dance Company would also like to thank the following artists for their input and support in developing ideas: Company Chameleon, Charlie Morrissey, Thomas Noone, and Rootless Root

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  5. A scratch of our performance from the opening scene at Daisy Festival in Leatherhead.

    Choreography by Yoshifumi Inao

    Filmed by Gary Thomas

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