Monday 0806

Stopgap Dance Company: «Artificial Things»

20:30          Kaserne Basel

Artificial Things is the debut work of the Artistic Director Lucy Bennett. Under her direction, Stopgap Dance Company has broken away from its previous repertoire model and becomes an integrated dance company that devises original works for international touring. This exciting step-change will continue to make Stopgap a unique and fascinating company.

Lucy Bennett visualises dance through a cinematic spectrum. She puts emphasis on allowing the audience to observe the nuances of each dancer and become absorbed in the remarkable dynamics that their interactions create. The starting point of her devising process is the personal experiences that her dancers bring to the studio. These stories give Lucy’s work originality and a human quality, making it appealing to audiences who want to see intriguing personalities on stage.

Artificial Things features dancers David Toole from DV8’s award winning film «Cost of Living» with Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, David Willdridge and Amy Butler. The theatre design was inspired by a series of strange and intense paintings by a Serbian artist Goran Djurović re-imagined by Anna Jones from Curious Space. Chahine Yavrovan’s stunning but disquieting lighting enhances the interplay between light and shadow, with strong highlights sitting next to deep colours. Artificial Things is accompanied by unnerving and simmering scores by Christopher Benstead, Jim Pinchen and Andy Higgs. Yoshifumi Inao, former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, is the guest choreographer for the opening scene.

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