An atmospheric dance experiment exploring the beauty and emotions of the unusual body.
Lucy Bennett is a pioneering British choreographer working in inclusive or integrated dance. Emotionally charged performances by her Stopgap Dance Company are not exactly shows as we know them, but experiments in which dancers challenge convention using their unique bodies to show that a different physique can be a resource and not necessarily a limitation. Artificial Things is presented by five performers, including a man with Down syndrome, a disabled lady, and a dancer with no legs. Turning the space of an abandoned shopping mall into a stage, the thirty-minute piece sees performers support each other through the dance, creating a unique energy and dynamics. Delicate camerawork and unusual angles chosen by filmmaker Sophie Fiennes (director from the artistic Fiennes family who previously worked with Peter Greenway) show moving bodies and relationships that we have not previously seen on stage or on screen. Filming performers with empathy and tact matching Wim Wenders as he filmed the students of Pina Bausch, Fiennes shows that inclusion means openness to the unusual and freedom from bias.