Integrated dance company Stopgap presents moving new show at The Point

24 Jan 2018

Stopgap Dance Company in ‘The Enormous Room’. Photography by Chris Parkes

On Thursday 8 February, integrated dance company Stopgap presents The Enormous Room at The Point; a moving exploration of grief, told through contemporary dance.

In The Enormous Room, the past is still present and memories collide with reality. Combining exquisite movement with evocative design, the production takes the audience on a journey between this world and the next.

Dave’s wife Jackie is gone, but her husband Dave still sees her everywhere. She is lying in his bed, sitting at the kitchen table and laughing with their daughter Sam. Dave is not going anywhere and has withdrawn into the living room. He has built the walls up high and is refusing to let the future in. But going is all that Sam can think about.

Stopgap Dance Company is one of the country’s leading pioneers in creating integrated and fully inclusive performance. The company’s work features disabled and non-disabled performers, including David O’Toole, a professional dancer who performed in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics.

As part of The Point’s headline and support strand, The Enormous Room will be preceded by Gibbon; a joyous juggling production by Jose Triguero and Chris Patfield. The venue launched the scheme in 2017 with the aim to introduce emerging artists and companies to new audiences, providing a platform in which to showcase their work. Gibbon will be performed in the Creation Space and is free to ticket-holders of The Enormous Room.

Stopgap were in residence in Creation Space in January developing the new production and shared an excerpt of the show at Open Space; the venue’s free-for-all sharing series.

The Enormous Room is suitable for all ages. Tickets are £13 with £11 concessions. To book, visit The Point Eastleigh’s website, or call the Box Office on 023 8065 2333.