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.
Exhilarating, emotional and provoking ★★★★
Bold and disarming ★★★★
Thought-provoking, intelligent, imaginative, powerful ★★★★★
Bold and honest ★★★★
Inventive and visually stunning
ID: Dave leans in to Amy, as if whispering in to her large brown cartoon mouse ears.
ID: All five dancers in a line, seated on stools or wheelchairs, Chris sits centrally and stares down the camera.
ID: Chris stands in a glass box, looking stern wearing a brown cap and shoudler epaulettes.
ID: Dave and Laura lay together tenderly on the floor.
ID: Dave perches atop Laura's back as she presses herself up from the floor, her collapsed wheelchair behind them.
ID: Amy falls and arches backwards, supported by David's hand at her neck.
Award-winning Dance Film
Artificial Things was reimagined into a dance film in collaboration with Sophie Fiennes as the director. The film won the prestigious dancescreen 2019 award for best Choreography
Artificial Things is part of the GCSE Dance Anthology. Below are some useful resources for teachers and students
Further Reading for Students
Artistic Direction & Choreography
Guest Choreographer for Section One
Amy Butler, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, David Toole, David Willdridge
Performers & Devisers
Anna Jones (Curious Space)
Composer for Section One
Composer for Section Two
Composer for Section Three
Production and Stage Manager
Old Songs New Songs by John Whitney & Roger Chapman, used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To by Cole Porter, used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music
Arts Council England, Farnham Maltings, Pavilion Dance South West, Zinc Arts, PASS Circus Channel (Interreg), The Point – Eastleigh and University of Surrey
Company Chameleon, Charlie Morrissey, Thomas Noone, Joop Oonk, Rootless Root and C’ie XY