Stopgap Dance Company: Online Sharing of “Dance Tapes”

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29th July 2021
Running time: 45 minutes
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Join us for an exclusive Zoom sharing of two works in progress from Stopgap Dance Company and their PDSW supported commission – Dance Tapes.

You’ll experience work-in-progress choreographies of speech and sound, the first two Dance Tapes of a set of six, set to be released late 2021.

Following the sharing, artists Kat Ball and Sander Verbeek will join for a short post-show chat.

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.

Access and guidance

This event will be held over Zoom (free to download here) with BSL and Closed Captions available. We recommend you use headphones. We will start promptly at 7:30pm so please be ready on the link a few mins before.  The work, though largely audio based, will explore and experiment with creative integrated access through captions, transcripts and BSL interpretation.

My Why’s’ Content Warning: References to racism, sexism and ableism throughout. Mention of historical violence at the end of the piece. 

You can email lizzy@pdsw.org.uk if you’d like to chat about this event and how we can make it work for you. We recognise Zoom events don’t work for everyone – so if you’d like to access elements of this work in a different way, please email lizzy@pdsw.org.uk and we can chat. 

We recommend this sharing for ages 12+

Sander Verbeek – Boombox

About work 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.

About Artist: SAND-R (he/they), otherwise known as Sander Verbeek is a Disabled artist from The Netherlands. SAND-R’s career started at Holland Dance Festival (HDF) in 2016. At HDF he quickly got to collaborate with other European dance companies through iDance and also to perform with The Dutch National Ballet. Through iDance they started working with Stopgap Dance Company and in 2018 they joined Stopgap’s Sg2 as an apprentice dancer. As an apprentice for Stopgap the connection with HDF was still strong and a European tour with SALLY Dance Company and SAND-R was planned to happen in 2019 and 2020. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic this tour was put on hold after the first performance. Fortunately towards the end of their time with Sg2 a new creative outlet was found with the Dance Tapes project.

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.

About Artist Kat is a freelance disabled dance artist, using standing and wheelchair movement modalities. She has several years experience with different projects and has recently completed an apprenticeship with Stopgap Dance Company. Kat is especially interested in learning more of, and working within, constructs of disability justice and queerness.

Photo by Chris Parkes

Header Image Description: A black and white photo of Kat in motion. In her black wheelchair, she faces the left diagonal of the image looking upwards with a smile. One hand on her left wheel, the other hand outstretched and blurred with motion. Kat is white and has short hair with buzzed sides that is slightly longer on top. She wears a checkered shirt open at the collar, a black vest visible beneath, with wiggly patterned trousers and trainers. Kat is in a wooden panelled dance studio space with mirrors behind reflecting bright windows.

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