Artificial Things (2014, Stage)

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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.

Artificial Things was reimagined into a short film in collaboration with the film director Sophie Fiennes. Click here for info...

Scene three of Artificial Things is one of six works of compulsory study for GCSE Dance. If you are researching this work for GCSE Dance, we recommend you to click through all the links on this website to watch various videos, read interviews and download background packs. 

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Thought-provoking, intelligent, imaginative, powerful ★★★★★ TV Bomb

Bold and disarming ★★★★ Exeunt Magazine

Exhilarating, emotional and provoking ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Bold and honest ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Inventive and visually stunning

To read Lucy's interview with The Exeunt Magazine click here

To watch a video feature on Article 19 click here

To watch behind the scenes videos click here

To download the Artificial Things Background Pack click here

Production Credits

Artistic direction & choreography: Lucy Bennett

Guest choreographer for scene one: Yoshifumi Inao (former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company)

Danced and devised by: Amy Butler, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, Dave Toole and David Willdridge

Theatre and costume design: Anna Jones from Curious Space

Lighting design: Chahine Yavrovan

Composers: Christopher Benstead (scene one), Jim Pinchen (scene two) and Andy Higgs (scene three)

Musical Scores: 

Old Songs New Songs, written by John Whitney and Roger Chapman, used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp

You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, written by Cole Porter, used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music

Sunshine Of Your Smile,  written by Leslie Lennard Cooke and John Neat, used by kind permission of EMI Music

Production Manager: Richard Walker

Costume supervisor: Rosey Morling

Company Manager: Callum Graham

Technical Manager: Francois Langton

Producer: Sho Shibata


Arts Council England, Farnham Maltings, PASS Circus Channel (Interreg), Pavilion Dance South West, The Point - Eastleigh, University of Surrey and Zinc Arts 

Stopgap would also like to thank the following artists for their input and support in developing ideas: Company Chameleon, Charlie Morrissey, Thomas Noone, Joop Oonk and Rootless Root