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Filmed on location in a derelict suburban shopping mall and featuring an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled dancers, the film explores human interdependence, strength, and vulnerability. The film is a re-imagining of the stage work of the same name and dancers Amy Butler, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, David Willdridge and Dave Toole, who devised the original piece, all appear in the film.
The choreographer Lucy Bennett and the film director Sophie Fiennes felt that the themes explored in the film resonate with what the world is experiencing currently.The film builds up towards an end with positive explosive energy, and it is hoped the audience will take a moment to watch this film and feel somewhat comforted by it during this period of uncertainty.
ARTIFICIAL THINGS was the winner of the prestigious dancescreenaward in the category of SCREEN CHOREOGRAPHY OVER 15 MINUTES. In selecting the film as the winner, the jury said ‘This film’s cinematic vision speaks to the depth of human experience through the metaphor of a supermarket. The jury responded to the strength of the ensemble and a non-hierarchical vision of corporeal expression.’
Lucy Bennett, the Artistic Director of Stopgap Dance Company and the choreographer for the filmsaid ‘A lot of hard work has gone in to this work from everyone involved. The film showcases some of the original pioneers of inclusive dance: Artists who are now change-makers, choreographers and masters of their craft.’
Director Sophie Fiennes, whose films include GRACE JONES - BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI, THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO CINEMA and OVER YOUR CITIES GRASS WILL GROW, is no stranger to dance, having made films for television with UK choreographer Michael Clark and Belgian theatre maker Alain Platel. She said ‘The fragility and tenderness of the dance was a gift to work with. Thanks also to the cinematographer Remko Schnorr for his great work.’
Produced by Lone Star Productions, the film Artificial Things, duration 25 mins, was commissioned by The Space for the BBC and Arts Council England. Fiona Morris, CEO and Creative Director of The Space, said, ‘The Space was delighted to support Stopgap in the filming of Artificial Things. The film is not only brilliant, but helps to challenge traditional perceptions around ability and dance and winning this prestigious award will mean that this fantastic work will gain further recognition and exposure.’
Stopgap Dance Companywill also be releasing its previous dance film work Chris et Lucy on Facebook and YouTube over the next few weeks.