Artificial Things included in new GCSE Dance syllabus


Stopgap Dance Company is delighted to announce that our recent work, Artificial Things by our Artistic Director Lucy Bennett, is part of the new specification for GCSE Dance. AQA, the qualification provider, has chosen our work as one of six compulsory works to be studied for the next eight years.

A photo from Artificial Things (2014) with two standing dancers balanced on upturned stools.

[Image Description: 2 dancers balance precariously on the thin legs of upside-down stools. Amy, a white woman, is on the left. She is wearing a short green skirt and pink/red herringbone vest with red collar, on her head is a pair of large rounded brown mouse ears. David, a white man, is on the right. He is wearing dark grey suit trousers and a streaky orange vest, around his neck is a large crinkly brown ruff. Both dancers have their arms outstretched to help balance and their gaze is downward. David's stool looks dangerously close to falling over.]

The dancers of Stopgap Dance Company will be made available to deliver workshops and talks about Artificial Things to a wide range of young people. We will aim to send a team of disabled and non-disabled dancers so that they can give the students a firm understanding of inclusive dance and choreography.

Stopgap is working hard to share excellent inclusive productions and training methods widely, and our work for GCSE Dance is one of the many ways we are doing this. Stopgap is an agency for change that aims to work collaboratively with colleagues in the arts and education. We believe that partnership working can embed diversity and inclusion in the dance industry.

The new GCSE Dance specification will be available from September 2016.

Click here for more information about the new specification.