Graphic Description: On a black background a cassette tape unspools, the winding tape unravels to tangle up into the form of a dancer balancing across their wheelchair. The cassette sits top right, outlined in white linework, with neon etchings echoing copies of the cassette. The words ‘Dance Tapes’ scribbled across the tape label. The figure sits bottom left, composed of wriggling lines of white tape, the dancer faces away from us as they lean horizontally across the wheelchair seat. The linework of the wheels of the chair mirror the tape, with etchings of neon echoing behind.

Graphic Description: On a black background a cassette tape unspools, the winding tape unravels to tangle up into the form of a dancer balancing across their wheelchair. The cassette sits top right, outlined in white linework, with neon etchings echoing copies of the cassette. The words ‘Dance Tapes’ scribbled across the tape label. The figure sits bottom left, composed of wriggling lines of white tape, the dancer faces away from us as they lean horizontally across the wheelchair seat. The linework of the wheels of the chair mirror the tape, with etchings of neon echoing behind. Artwork by Lily Norton.

Made possible by our Culture Recovery Fund grant from Arts Council England and DCMS in April 2021, after an open call, we were pleased to award Stopgap Dance Company a commission to create ‘Dance Tapes’ –  a series of six choreographies of speech and sound. 

The project is an intimate experience for audiences, highlighting the disabled artists’ lived experiences through an interweaving choreography of speech and sound. Alongside the audio choreography audiences can access artistic transcripts to accompany the pieces – deepening the experience. 

The first two in-progress works by artists Kat Ball and Sander Verbeek were shared as works-in-progress with online audiences in July 2021.

The series will be completed and available here in Spring 2022. 

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Dance Tapes – Exploring dance as an accessible audio experience by Stopgap Projects Manager  James Greenhalgh.

Artists and Audio

Sander Verbeek – Boombox

Join SAND-Rs ‘audio bubble’ in his Boombox in a new digital dance work! A fun and frequently frisky one-person audio performance, and a cosmic immersive experience that responds and changes with our energy levels.

SAND-R invites you into their Boombox and guides you through a choreographed experience, describing their movements and unique outlook as they perform.

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Kat Ball – My Whys

About work ‘My Whys’ is a sound work created by artist Kat Ball, as an intimate reflection on her relationship with dance and the story of life in a disabled body. Kat goes through multiple subjective positions of self to consider what freedom is.

A choreography delivered in her own words, Kat takes us on a journey that is simultaneously universal in resonance and uniquely personal.

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Access the Plain Text Transcript

Laura Dajao 

Maxime D.-Pomerleau 

Kazuyo Morata 

Shyne Phiri

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