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Jannick, a white standing dancer caught mid-jump, his upper body arching as if pulled upwards by his chest. Photography by Chris Parkes.

Dance: Contemporary Dance Class with Stopgap Dance Company

10 Apr 2024, 10:00 am (Past)

Dance Ireland, Foley St, Mountjoy, Dublin 1

Join Stopgap Dance Company for an inclusive contemporary dance class!

Stopgap Dance Company’s contemporary company class will consist of dance skills exercises, dance improvisation and a dance phrase to finish.

As an inclusive company, their disabled and non-disabled class teachers will use open language and support with movement translations. Please contact Dance Ireland by emailing info@danceireland.ie in advance if you have any access questions or requirements that they can support with you with so you can attend the class.

Expect shape making as well as dancing from the inside, Stopgap’s classes always celebrate the unique quality of diverse dancers and fluctuate between gentle introspection and high energy exuberance. To get a sense of the kind of classes Stopgap offer, please explore their online class series Home Practice on their website, stopgapdance.com.

Stopgap will be presenting their world premiere of new work Lived Fiction at the Project Arts Centre, on 11 and 12 of April. The sensual choreography of Lived Fiction is rendered anew with evocative audio description, exquisite projection art and captioning. The internationally revered company invites you to experience dance from multiple perspectives and share in a future that is rich with the enterprise, potential, and power of diversity. Expect masterful performances from creatives who are Deaf, Disabled, neurodivergent and non-disabled in the dance work that is deep with compassion for the human condition.

Stopgap have been the exemplar of diversity and inclusion on stage for two decades, but a global leader of inclusive dance has to do more than showcase Disabled talent. Stopgap aim to make dance accessible to the widest possible range of audiences, and want the performers and the audience to gain a shared-experience of an inclusive world and revel in the joy of different people cohabiting the theatre space.

Lived Fiction has been developed as part of the project Protecting the Right to Culture of Persons with Disabilities and Enhancing Cultural Diversity through European Union Law: Exploring New Paths DANCING, a five year European Research Council funded interdisciplinary project at Maynooth University. Led by Professor of Law Delia Ferri, DANCING explores how EU law can promote cultural participation for people with disabilities.

The Project Arts Centre are partnering with Arts & Disability Ireland to support access, transport, and other costs for Arts & Disability groups to engage with performers and performances of Lived Fiction by Stopgap Dance Theatre.

Photography by Chris Parkes, courtesy of Stopgap Dance.

Christian, a white non-disabled standing dancer, in a wide lunge, silhouetted as he drapes his shirt over his face. Photography by Chris Parkes.

Lived Fiction by Stopgap Dance runs at the Project Arts Centre from 11 to 12 April. Image by Chris Parkes.

Dancers Emily and Nadenh during a duet. Emily, a non-disabled east asian woman lays on her back and calmly embraces Nadenh, a wheelchair dancer, lifting him and supporting his back as he balances in a headstand. Photography by Chris Parkes.

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