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Stopgap Dance Company

The Enormous Room

The poetically unusual chamber play The Enormous Room, comprising movement sequences, text and a stage set that can be utilised in a wide variety of ways, is presented by Britain’s Stopgap Dance Company at the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps. Here, everything revolves around a man who has retreated to his living room since the death of his wife and no longer leaves the house. With walls put up, he refuses to admit the future. He lives completely immersed in a bizarre in-between world, full of memories from the past. Six dazzling, very incisive artists populate the stage and imbue it with a peculiarly fantastical atmosphere. While excitingly playing with the scope of the absurd, Stopgap Dance Company consistently and coherently questions concepts like strength and vulnerability. In so doing, it makes use of diversity in the best of ways, as the dancer’s training backgrounds, cultural reference points and physiques all differ, offering wider possibilities for innovation in movement material and narrative. David Toole, a star of the integrative dance scene, is also involved. Once again, this ensemble demonstrates that Great Britain is an absolute trailblazer when it comes to inclusive dance companies that bring dancers with and without disabilities onto the stage, giving them equal status.

Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett, artistic director of Stopgap, has obtained valuable dance experience with the choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Gary Clarke, Lois Taylor, Carol Brown, Nathalie Pernette, Thomas Noone and others. She started to work at Stopgap in 2003, where she explores the possibilities of collaboration between dancers who have a diverse range of profiles. She has been producing her own choreographies since 2007. For the University of Gloucestershire, she devised the module “Inclusive Choreography”, the first of its kind in Great Britain. Picture: Chris Parkes

David Toole

David Toole

After participating in dance workshops run by Candoco Dance Company, David Toole studied at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. In 1993, he obtained a diploma in community dance. He toured worldwide with Candoco from 1993 to 1999. In the year 2000, he worked with DV8 to create the piece Can We Afford This?, which became the basis for the film The Cost of Living. In summer 2012, he performed a solo in the opening ceremony at the Paralympic Games. The Enormous Room is his fourth collaboration with Stopgap Dance Company. Picture: Chris Parkes


The Enormous Room

Artistic director/choreographer:

Lucy Bennett


Dougie Evans

Dramatic composition:

Lou Cope

Stage and costume design:

Anna Jones (Curious Space)


Chahine Yavrovan


David Toole (Dave, the father), Hannah Sampson (Sam, the daughter), Amy Butler (Jackie, the mother in Sam’s memory), Elia Lopez (Jackie, the wife in Dave’s memory), Christian Brinklow (Tom, Sam’s friend), Nadenh Poan (Chock)

Supported by:

Arts Council England, Farnham Maltings, PASS – Circus Channel (Interreg), New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Pavilion Dance South West, The Point, University of Chichester (Department of Theatre) and University of Surrey


28th of February 2017, University of Surrey, Guildford (GB)

Swiss premiere

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