Choreographic Lab

Choreographic Lab

The Choreographic Lab happens annually in the south of Enlgand either in the spring or summer, and it attracts like-minded artists from across the globe. The Lab is for both emerging and experienced dance artists with an interest in Stopgap’s inclusive culture and creativity.

In 2017 we created a ‘landscape of ideas’ through improvisation, creative tasks and contact dance in collaboration with Holland Dance, Skånes Dansteater and Onassis Centrual Centre in Athens through the support of Erasmus+

Our next Lab

11am – 4pm, 7th, 8th and 9th June at Farnham Maltings

The Lab 2018 is supported by Japan Foundation and will be an exchange between the company dance artists + guests, the Butoh artist Yukio Suzuki and disabled dancer Kenta Kambara, who made the headlines in Tokyo for his participation in Rio 2016 Paralympic Handover Ceremony.

We have invited Yukio to explore any commonality between Stopgap’s inclusive creative processes and that of Butoh. Both approaches strive to use the body into an effective tool for expression and have roots as alternative dance forms.

We have invited guests like Kenta and others from different parts of the world to make the experience truly international for everyone. We hope to make the Lab a great platform to explore dance making with exceptional disabled and non-disabled dancers from different cultural backgrounds. The three-day lab will be open to experienced performers, artists and recent dance graduates.

Due to available places being very limited, participation will need to be offered on an application basis.

Day One

Stopgap Dance Company will lead a day on the ‘art of translation’. Here, the company will share its experience of devising movement with diverse dancers, whose unique movement styles feed the company’s choreography

Day Two

Stopgap Dance Company will build on Day One by delving into notions of similarity, difference and duality in diverse dancers with reference to our current touring production ‘The Enormous Room’

Day Three

Yukio will lead a full day opening up his practice, sharing his knowledge and experience of Butoh.

Each day will begin with an inclusive company class and finish with a chance to reflect.


£130 for the three days

£100 for a selection of two days

£50 for the Butoh workshop

Please submit a short cover letter expressing your past experience and interest in inclusive dance and/or Butoh to [email protected] to secure your place.


If you are interested in participating in or offering a collaboration for The Lab in 2019 and onwards, please contact the company directly or come and visit us at our open classes.