Arts head: Lucy Bennett, artistic director, Stopgap Dance Company The Guardian Interview


Hi Lucy, what can you tell me about Stopgap Dance Company?

Stopgap Dance Company makes evocative dance productions with exceptional disabled and non-disabled artists. We nurture and work with expressive artists who have strong personalities and stories to tell. When they get together to devise original works, the outcome has a real emotional punch, which pushes you to look at the world in a different way.

A sense of pioneering spirit and collaboration are really important in our company and we are constantly making discoveries about what kind of productions disabled and non-disabled artists can make. Some of our dancers have been working with each other for over a decade and have huge experience in integrated dance. We recently stepped away from being a repertoire company so that we can really look at our own choreographic practice in detail and make our distinct artistic voice heard.

What are the implications of integrated dance and how do you approach it as artistic director?