Artificial Things

15 –⁠ 17 Jan 2021, from 10am
Part of Unlimited
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 Artificial Things: Dancers in a derelict shopping mall

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Dancers in a derelict suburban shopping mall put human connection centre stage in this film screening.

Featuring an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled dancers, the film explores human interdependence, strength, and vulnerability.

The film is a reimagining of the stage work of the same name. Dancers Amy Butler, Laura Jones, Chris Pavia, David Willdridge and Dave Toole, who devised the original piece, all appear in the film.

The themes explored in the film resonate with what the world is experiencing currently, say choreographer Lucy Bennett and film director Sophie Fiennes.

The film builds towards a conclusion bursting with positive explosive energy, bringing us comfort in this period of uncertainty.

Artificial Things was the winner of the prestigious dancescreenaward in the category of screen choreography over 15 minutes.

The jury said ‘This film’s cinematic vision speaks to the depth of human experience through the metaphor of a supermarket. The jury responded to the strength of the ensemble and a non-hierarchical vision of corporeal expression.’

Choreographer Lucy Bennett is the Artistic Director of Stopgap Dance Company.

Director Sophie Fiennes films include Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema and Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, and has made films for television with UK choreographer Michael Clark and Belgian theatre maker Alain Platel.

Produced by Lone Star Productions, Artificial Things was commissioned by The Space for the BBC and Arts Council England.

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 Artificial Things: Dancers in a derelict shopping mall

Need to know

This film is Audio Described and the Q&A is Speech-to-Text transcribed and British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

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This event includes a pre-recorded streamed performance and a live Q&A with dancer Chris Pavia and other members of the company.

You can watch the pre-recorded performance on this page for two days following the event.

Ticket sales close 30 minutes before the start time of the event.

Dates & times

15 – 17 Jan 2021, live event at 6pm, then available on demand.

Approximate run time: 60 minutes for live event, 25 minutes for video on demand.


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