Dava i Amy

Fot. Chris Parkes

Tuesday 25 September 2018 to Thursday 27 September 2018

Institute of Music and Dance and British Council Poland cordially invite you to an inclusive choreography lab for dance professionals

David Toole and Amy Butler from Stopgap Dance Company along with Rafal Urbacki will lead a 3-day inclusive choreography lab

Participants will have an opportunity to participate in a wide array of activities, including improvisation and elements of the most recent Stopgap Dance Company project: The Enormous Room. Each workshop day will begin with activities with elements of SDC methodology. The lab will cover elements of language, communication, various types of body and their motility and perceptions.

The targeted workshop audience are dance professionals (experienced dancers and choreographers); as well as people interested in the practical cooperation between artists with disabilities as well as the artists with disabilities themselves. 

When: 25-27 September 2018, 10a.m.–4p.m. (incl. lunch break)

Where: Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Laboratorium hall, Jazdow 2 street, Warsaw

Registration: if you are willing to participate, please register by September 10, 2018 with Marta Michalak: marta.michalak@imit.org.pl. Please indicate if you require English-Polish or English-Polish sign language translation.

The participation in workshop, including lunch, is free of charge, however the organisers do not cover transport costs to and from Warsaw or accommodation within the city.

About us:

Amy Butler joined Stopgap in January 2013, and one of our senior dance artists. She draws inspiration from many dance techniques and styles and since joining Stopgap has devised inclusive yoga classes for the company. She is constantly seeking ways to evolve physically and creatively.
Amy studied at London Metropolitan University graduating with a first class honours in Performing Arts. She then went on to complete a Higher Certificate at The Place in 2007. She has worked with Balbir Singh Dance Company (dancer and rehearsal director); MotionManual (Netherlands and Germany tour 2009); East Midlands Children’s Theatre Consortium (working with Héléne Blackburn and Enrique Cabrera); State of Emergency; Body of Art (Resident Artist at Déda 2011) and Abalino Dance Theatre (Faroe Islands and Portugal tour). In 2012 she worked with Akram Khan performing his work in the opening ceremony of the Olympics, and from 2015 has been rehearsal director for Khan's 'Chotto Desh'.

Dave Toole studied at the Laban Centre of Movement and Dance after participating in dance workshops with Candoco Dance Company. He received a Professional Diploma in Community Dance in 1993. Dave toured nationally and internationally with Candoco Dance Company between 1993 and 1999. Subsequently he has performed with Graeae Theatre Company;  The Royal Shakespeare Company and in 2000 worked with DV8 to create and perform Can We Afford This?  for the Sydney Arts Festival prior to the 2000 Olympics. The show was revived in 2003 and later made into the film The Cost of Living. Most recently he has worked with Cape Town based Remix Dance Company (Lucy Hind and Dom Coyote) creating a new work for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and collaborated with Leeds based company Slung Low on 3 site-specific works.
In the summer of 2012 Dave performed a key solo role in the opening ceremony of the Paralympics. He also appears in the Sally Potter film, The Tango Lesson, playing the role of the Designer.

Rafał Urbacki is a director, critical choreographer, an anthropologist of movement. He studied stage direction at the State Academy of Drama in Krakow and Cultural Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He authored approx. 40 choreographies, participatory projects, choreographic documents, multimedia and music installations. As a choreographer he collaborated with e.g. Monika Strzepka, Radoslaw Rychcik and Katarzyna Kalwat. A scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Art Stations Foundation, and Marshal Office of the Silesian Voivodeship. He works as a lecturer with the Academy of Music in Cracow and the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. After spending  11 years in a wheelchair, he has recently been moving without it thanks to development of an original method of movement.

Organisers: Institute of Music and Dance, Theatre-Dance-Disability project of the Institute of Music and Dance, Instytut Teatralny im. Z. Raszewskiego and British Council Poland, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle.