Echoes Within The Earth

Following a call from deep below the earth, two lost travellers embark on a journey through the sights and sounds of nature...

In this dance documentary Chris Pavia, learning disabled dance artist and resident choreographer with Stopgap Dance Company, reflects on the process of creating his latest duet Echoes Within The Earth.

Echoes Within The Earth invites audiences along for an accessible promenade dance work that weaves through natural spaces. Take a journey through nature following one of the two adventurers, beginning apart, but finding one another as they chase a mysterious echo.

Echoes Within The Earth is created by Chris Pavia, a resident choreographer with Stopgap Dance Company who are driven by a diverse creative team of disabled and non-disabled dancers. The work is inspired by Chris’ experiences of the woodlands where he grew up in the South Downs National Parks.

Image Description: Dancers Abbie Thompson and Jonathan Mewett mirror one another in their movement, as if blown backwards by a gust of air they open both arms up and lean back as they stare out to the sky. Both wear costumes consisting of loose canvas trench jackets in mottled blue ,green and brown colours, along with light khaki t-shirts and trouser. They dance outside in a grassy clearing, large bushes behind them.

Tour Dates

April 2024

20 - Keele Hall Gardens and Woods, Keele UniversityFind out more

More dates to be announced soon.


Chris Pavia
Choreographer and Director

Abbie Thompson and Jonathan Mewett

Thomas Goodwin
Choreographic Mentor

Dougie Evans
Sound Designer

Ryan Laight
Costume Designer

Ethan Duffy
Project Manager

Sho Shibata
Executive Producer for Stopgap

Lucy Bennett
Co-Artistic Director for Stopgap

Laura Jones
Co-Artistic Director for Stopgap

Supported by

South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs National Park Trust, Petworth House (National Trust) and Arts Council England. Produced by Stopgap Dance Company

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