Questioning the relationship between three dancers and Anna Gillespie’s three life-size human sculptures, Still Touch emotes the personal and human need for touch to be reciprocated by a living and moving person. Created initially for Royal Opera House’s Month of Sundays Festival, the work explores the sensitive dynamic of touch between performers who are alive in perpetual motion, and individual sculptures of people fixed in time and constant stillness. Through the performer’s evolving relationship, Still Touch dives into the combination of what people can express in motion and what sculpture expresses through image.
Choreographer: Richard Chappell
Sculptor: Anna Gillespie
Dancers : Francesco Migliaccio, Iris Borras Anglada, Sharol Mackenzie
Dramaturg: Neus Gil Cortes
Composer: Samuel Hall
Rehearsal Director: Louise Bennett
Lighting Designer: Flora Wilkinson
Research and Development Dancer Still Touch: Sabrina Gargano
The research for Still Touch has been funded by Arts Council England and The Linbury Trust and co-commissioned by Dancing' Oxford and Pegasus Theatre and for the Royal Opera House's Month of Sundays Festival. The works creation has been supported by Dance City, Swindon Dance, DanceEast, Exeter Phoenix and Dance in Devon.
Photography: Jack Thomson