Stopgap Dance Company

The Awakening - New outdoor work by Chris Pavia

Chris Pavia is a choreographer with a learning disability, who is creating a contemporary dance piece for major outdoor arts festivals of summer 2014. He will be the first learning disabled choreographer ever to make work for national touring. For more information visit stopgapdance.com/productions

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

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Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£5,340

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Situation

The UK dance sector currently has no learning disabled choreographer working professionally. They are often overlooked because they struggle to articulate their ideas, which unfortunately promotes the prejudice that their work lacks depth and the ability to give audiences an artistic experience. Learning disabled arts cannot rid of these prejudice because they lack the right kind of support to develop their art and a platform to present their work to prove their capabilities.

Solution

Stopgap is a specialist in nurturing talents of disabled artists, and Chris is a key success story of the company. He has the support of our Artistic Director and the creative team who are capable of comprehending his vision and help him make it come to life. Stopgap has the funding from Arts Council's Catalyst scheme and already received much interest from major players such as Salisbury Arts Centre. He will have a national tour in 2014, which will significantly change negative perceptions.

  • Pavia's work had sure-footed dancing that reached an accord of an indelible closing image

    — Donald Hutera (Dance Critic of The Times)

  • Pavia's work had sure-footed dancing that reached an accord of an indelible closing image

    — Donald Hutera (Dance Critic of The Times)