GCSE Dance - Artificial Things

STUDY
PLAY
Choreographer
Lucy Bennett
Company
Stopgap Dance Company
Date of first performance
5th of February 2014, UK Premiere
Dance style
Inclusive contemporary dance (disabled and non-disabled)
Choreographic approach
Uses a collaborative approach within her choreography. Dancers actively contribute to the process through choreographic tasks.
Stimulus
Snow covered landscape with an isolated figure perched on a collapsed wheelchair, being observed from afar as if through a snow globe. Paintings by Serbian artist Goran Djurovic influenced the design, costume and choreographic images within all the scenes. Personal experiences.
Choreographic intention
About the characters coming to terms with life's limitations and we are subject to the gaze of 'the other'.
Dancers
4 dancers (2 male/ 2 female)
Duration
20 minutes
Structure
A tragedy and is a aftermath, where the characters are more pensive. Opens with two duets. The first ground-based contact the second influenced by dancers improvising the idea of touch, leading and following. The group unites for some ground-based contact work. A trio (bar Toole) find harmony whilst dancing with one another and Laura's wheelchair. Trio gathers around Toole. Toole then dances a simple solo focusing on facial expression and physical storytelling to the song 'The Sunshine of Your Smile'. Toole returns to group and is frozen in time with the other characters.
Aural Setting
Andy Higgs - "The Sunshine of Your Smile" and was mixed into the atmosphere often sounding distorted or as if drifting in on the wind.
Costume
Designed by Anna Jones, the costumes are a wash of blue and green, merging with the backdrop. Paint running from the garments. Like Djurovic's paintings. Other garments are removed to depict that time has moved on.
Lighting
Designed by Chain Yavrovan, focuses on one or two spots. It opens out in the middle, with a blue wash, is warm and has cool side lighting.
Performance environment
Proscenium arch
Staging/ set
Designed by Anna Jones, influence by several paintings from the "Untold Secrets" collection by Goran Djurovic. It consists of a crudely painted heavy backdrop, where paint looks like it is running down the canvas. Creates a calmer visuals. Vitrine, two stools and a headless suit on mannequin legs.