In June we held a new choreography workshop with Stopgap Dance Co, in collaboration with DanceEast. Our aim was for Lantern to create a new piece for #Spiritus15, our summer concert. We made Opening. We’ve worked with Stopgap before. In 2014 we began work on new choreography with professional integrated dance company Stopgap Dance to produce Fenland Suite, a programme of five dance works made for the Isle of Ely Arts Festival.
The project included funding to make a new ten minute work in collaboration with Stopgap. We chose to work with Stopgap Dance Company as, like Lantern, they make and perform their own work and include dancers with learning disabilities. Our collaboration was a first for both dance companies. We ran a two day workshop in Ely led by Stopgap’s Creative Learning Manager Siobhan Hayes and Stopgap dancer Hannah Sampson, who has Down’s Syndrome.
Eighteen of our dancers worked for six hours each day to generate the new dance material and make the new piece, titled Clear Space (The Grandeur of Architecture). The theme chosen by Stopgap was the architecture and atmosphere of Ely Cathedral. It was a big success.
We invited Stopgap in 2015 to make a new work, Tall Tales and Short Stories, for the Isle of Ely Arts Festival. Both commissions were funded by the Festival, with support from Arts Council England.