Artifical Things

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  • Artifical Things
    • Stimulus
      • Snow globe
        • snow covered urban landscape
          • Isolated figure perched on a broken wheelchair
      • Paintings by Goran Djurovic
        • Influenced the design, costume and choreographic images
      • Dancers personal experiences provided inspiration for the choreography
    • Choreographer
      • Lucy Bennett
        • Works in a company which has people with diversity
          • She developed, defined and encapsulated her love for expressing human stories through dance
        • Stopgap
          • Resident choreographer
          • Changed company
            • Conceive original ideas
            • Takes leadership over proccesses
    • Company
      • Stopgap Dance Company
        • Employs disabled and non-disabled dancers
          • Committed to making ways to integrate disabled and non-disabled people through dance
          • Nurturing disabled and non-disabled artists for making inclusive works
          • Find innovative ways to collaborate
        • Creates exhilarating dance pieces for national and international tours
    • Choreographic intention
      • Scene three
        • About the dancers coming to terms with life's limitations
        • Characters acting out the scene
          • Still constricted to the snowglobe
        • Resolution happens when they join together and the scene comes to a close
          • Surrender to the fact that we have to live with individual regrets
    • Structure
      • Scene 3
        • Opens with 2 duets
          • First Duet
            • Ground based
            • Involves a dismantled wheelchair
          • Second duet
            • Influenced by the dancers
            • Improvising around the idea of inviting touch, leading and following
        • Group unites after the duets
          • Ground based contact to stay connected
          • Manipulates the wheelchair
        • Trio after group dance
          • Dancing with Laura's wheelchair
            • Explores the movement of the chair
              • Each dancer takes control over movement of the chair
        • Portrait re-enactment
          • Influenced by Djurovic
          • Find stillness as if frozen in the snowglobe
        • Solo (David Toole)
          • Simple
          • Focuses on facial expressions and physical storytelling
          • Tribute to his father
    • Aural Settings
      • Andy Higgs
        • Played piano from the inside and out
          • Creates a cold ambient sound
        • Sound of paper snow
        • Sound effects
          • Distant rumbles
          • Wind
          • Footsteps through the snow
      • Futuristic atmosphere
      • 'The Sunshine of Your Smile'
        • Used distortedly
        • Last section uses full version
    • Costume
      • Designed by Anna Jones
      • Merge with backdrop
        • Blue and green
        • Paint dripping look on garments
          • Stuck in Djurovic's painting
      • Outer garments in precious scenes removed from this scene
        • Time has moved on
    • Lighting
      • Designed by Chahine Yavrovan
      • Focuses on 1 or 2 spots for  most of it
      • Opens out in middle
        • Blue wash
        • Warm and cool side lighting
      • Closes down to another spot for the final solo
    • Staging/Set
      • Designed by Anna Jones
      • Influenced by the 'Unknown secrets collection'
        • Djurovic
        • Heavy backdrop
          • Paint dripping
          • Scenes 1 and 2: this is created by painting thick coloured stripes
            • Paint dripping
            • Scene 3: this is removed to create a calmer scene
              • Changes the mood
      • Paper snow scattered all over the ground
        • Diagonal to the vitrine
      • In front of the vitrine, there are 2 stools with a headless suit on a third stool
      • Dance floor is a light grey
        • Around the edge is a wooden frame
          • Refects colour, shape and restriction of the vitrine
            • Emphasises the snow globe idea
    • Choreographic approach
      • Collaborative approach
        • Dancers encouraged to actively contribute
        • Scene 3 was inspired by Laura's wheelchair movement
  • UK Premier: 5th February 2014
  • Dance Style: Inclusive contemporary dance
  • Dancers: 2 male/2 female
  • Time:20 minutes
  • Performance environment: Proscenium arch ( normal )

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