Stopgap Dance Company

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Stopgap Dance Company creates exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring. The company works with disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. Stopgap is committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance.

Stopgap’s productions are devised by the company dancers and collaborators, working as an ensemble under the artistic direction of Lucy Bennett. Bennett puts emphasis on allowing the audience to observe the nuances of each dancer and become absorbed in their attempt to overcome their individual differences. She purposefully works with diverse dancers, allowing their personal experiences to play out in the studio during her devising processes.

Stopgap presents various works in conventional theatres and outdoor festivals. As a charitable organisation, Stopgap openly shares its skills and knowledge in integrating disabled and non-disabled people through performance, professional training, workshops, community outreach and publications. The company creates work for the widest possible audience because it wants to shift perceptions.

In the press

"A wonderful exploration of the passage of mourning, and has an emotional honesty that comforts and provokes long after the piece has ended".
Exeunt (on The Enormous Room)

"A performance that recalls the stylish partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and borrows from 1930s films with a magpie glee"
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (on Bill & Bobby)


Current productions

Bill & Bobby

After a night on the town two revellers awake to find themselves in a bath… Convinced that the party is not over, the two friends play a tipsy tribute to the dancing partnerships of the silver screen.

Bill & Bobby celebrates a golden time of good old-fashioned entertainment, when dancing together and 'happily ever after' went hand in hand.

The Awakening

The Awakening is a quiet but simmering disruption in outdoor spaces.

Choreographed by learning disabled dance artist Chris Pavia, The Awakening involves individuals trapped in a strange but mesmerising ritual. The piece is performed by disabled and non-disabled dancers.

The Enormous Room

In the latest epic production from Stopgap Dance Company, the story follows a father and daughter gradually coming to terms with the loss of Jackie – their wife and mother. Combining detail in movement with evocative text and design, The Enormous Room takes the audience somewhere in between this world and the next.