StopGAP performance - Trespass
The emotional storytelling dance performance by StopGap Dance Company, which integrates dancers with and without disabilities, captivated the Romanian public. This unique initiative challenged traditional notions about dance in Romania and presented dance as a means of physical, psychological and social integration.
The performance was developed by the British Council as part of the New Work New Audiences programme. The programme aimed to share the best and new artistic practice between the UK and Romania. Some of the most stimulating contemporary work being created in the UK was presented in Romania and had a strong emphasis on joint ventures and collaboration between artists and arts organisations from the UK and Romania.
The performance took place in November 2010, in Bucharest, at the Cultural Centre of the Ministry of Administration and Internal Affairs.
StopGAP Dance Company is a contemporary dance company consisting of dancers with and without disabilities. Founded 14 years ago, the company is regularly funded by the Arts Council England and has been widely acclaimed both in the United Kingdom, as well as internationally.
One of the few contemporary dance companies in the world which supports equal opportunity and social inclusion, StopGAP challenges traditional notions about dance by using each dancer's physical and intellectual potential as a starting point for creating new work.
Trespass was made up of two productions: Within and Splinter, created by Thomas Noone and Rob Tannion. The choreography was meant to challenge the performers to explore and draw on their individual physicalities.