Immersed in Stopgap’s work since 2003, Lucy has learnt to blend and expand the dynamic interaction of distinctly different dancers. Working as a choreographer within a company of markedly diverse dancers has allowed Lucy to develop, define and encapsulate her love for expressing human stories through dance.
Lucy originally trained in Dance and Musical Theatre at Bird College. After a year of pantomime, cabaret and failing to get anywhere near a contemporary dance audition, choreographer Maxine Doyle (Punchdrunk and a visiting lecturer at Birds) invited Lucy to audition for Stopgap Dance Company.
After nearly a decade of dancing with the company Lucy became the Artistic Director of Stopgap in 2012. Lucy has since collaborated with the artistic team to create several original dance theatre productions for national and international touring including Tracking, SPUN Productions, Artificial Things, Bill & Bobby, The Seafarers, The Enormous Room, The Road and FROCK.
Lucy’s first stage production Artificial Things is currently one of the six dance works to be studied at GCSE level. In 2017 Artificial Things was reimagined by Lucy and film director Sophie Fiennes as a dance film and won ‘Best Screen Choreography’ at DanceScreen in 2019. Artificial Things the film was included in The Guardian as one of five best dance works of 2020, click here to read.
Lucy, alongside Stopgap colleagues, has developed Stopgap’s creative learning programme and has supported Stopgap to become world renowned for their inclusive choreographic and teaching practice leading residencies throughout the UK, Asia, Europe, and Scandinavia. In 2014 Lucy devised IRIS with the creative learning team – Stopgap’s Inclusive Dance Syllabus for young people. In 2019 Lucy established with Laura Jones Stopgap’s inclusive dance teacher training course Seedbed and in 2020 collaborated with Thomas Goodwin and Amy Butler to offer Stopgap’s homegrown inclusive dance classes online through Home Practice.
Currently Lucy is facilitating Stopgap’s ‘Dance Tapes’, an album of Audio Choreography created by disabled dancers from around the world.
Our Evolution of Inclusion under Covid-19
Artistic Director Lucy discusses where Stopgap is heading in these times of isolation and Covid-19
A Trip with Translation
Artistic Director Lucy Bennett explores the origins of 'translation' for Stopgap, and reflects on its development and importance over the years...
Artistic Identity (part 1) | by Lucy Bennett
Artistic Director, Lucy Bennett, writes a series of blogs on Artistic Identity – here’s number one out of three.
Artistic Identity (part 2) | by Lucy Bennett
Lucy’s series continues: with part two focussing on Integration.
Artistic Identity (part 3) | by Lucy Bennett
Here’s the conclusion of Lucy’s series on Artistic Identity
Arts head: Lucy Bennett, artistic director, Stopgap Dance Company The Guardian Interview
The creative chief on diversity in dance, challenging the artform's accepted rules and why the best ideas begin over a cuppa
Artificial Things | An Insight from the Artistic Director Lucy Bennett
Lucy talks about what Yoshifumi is developing in the studio.
Monday Musings with AD | 'Zeitgeist'
Another Monday with Artistic Director, Lucy Bennett - today's musings focus on the similarities between choreographers' ideas.
Monday Musings with AD | A Helping Hand
This week's musings with Lucy focuses on the female dancer...
Monday Musings with AD | All Change Please
Another Monday musing with Lucy Bennett, showing that sometimes everyone has to think on their feet and go with the unknown...
Monday Musings with AD | Creating via WhatsApp
Lucy writes about the new exciting creative process for Stopgap's collaboration with 2 East African companies
Monday Musings with AD | Making a new piece of work
This week's musings with Lucy answer a question we often get asked when making a new production.
Monday Musings with AD | The Awakening
In our series of Artistic Director blogs, this Monday brings you The Awakening and behind the scenes of being a choregorapher.
Monday Musings with AD | YouTube
This week's musings with Lucy Bennett show how platforms such as YouTube allow the opportunity to be constantly learning
Artistic Director Lucy Bennett tells us more about IRIS, Stopgap’s inclusive dance syllabus; how it started and what we hope it can achieve.
Lucy's response to The Telegraph article
Artistic Director Lucy Bennett responds to the article 'How I shamed the ballet world' by Chief Political Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph. This response is also published by South East Dance's Everybody Issue in August 2015.