Company Carpi are very proud and delighted to announce that we will be performing our One Dance UK Award 2022 nominated dance theatre piece
When You Light A Candle, You Also Cast A Shadow
at the magnificent Chester Cathedral
on 2nd March 2023 - in our first home performances since 2019.
The three performances on our day at the cathedral will feature some brand new and highly exciting additions and expansions to the piece, in both dance and in our ensemble of live musicians - we are building a Prologue for the piece with music, dance and drama students from the University of Chester...
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE
When You Light A Candle, You Also Cast A
Nominated for One Dance Awards 2022
"It's like taking a bath - in art!"
Alice Billen, Candle String Quintet
ALSO COMING SOON...
In 2023 we will launch our exciting brand new original anthology opera
(with dance, of course!) which is titled:
A 21st Century Opera
A collective community "cave painting" of the precarious times in which we live... in the form of an opera.
Watch this space...
Like everyone, since 2020 we've had our trials, in particular having to postpone two major commissions... but we are back.
In November 2021 we were able to go ahead and build and perform the first of those commissions, for Lancaster Arts, a work for a trio of dancers and live string quintet titled When You Light A Candle, You Also Cast A Shadow
with its central topic of "climate celebration, amid climate crisis".
We followed this in June 2022 with performances at the beautiful
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery and we are currently building a tour for the work that will take place in Spring 2023
Company Carpi / Culture Warrington
Bettina & Gary
"COMPANY CARPI make innovative, inspirational
and highly creative dance theatre infused with
a love of literature and the written word"
Director of Huddersfield Literature Festival
COMPANY CARPI is a contemporary dance, dance theatre and live music venture created by dancer and choreographer BETTINA CARPI and composer and producer GARY LLOYD.
Whilst we have worked together for many years the company was launched to coincide with our first true and full-scale company production, a dance theatre adaptation of the prose poem THE MIRROR OF LOVE by the highly celebrated author and comic book creator ALAN MOORE. Its premiere performances, funded by Arts Council England and
other sources, took place in September 2017.
In April 2018 we ran research and development of a new performance piece based on the book KNOTS by the revolutionary psychiatrist R.D. LAING, featuring four actors, seven dancers and five musicians from UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER PERFORMING ARTS DEPT.
In June 2018 in conjunction with the performance artist CLAIRE HENDERSON DAVIS we created another Arts Council England funded performance piece engaging with the Syrian refugee crisis titled TAKE REFUGE UNDER MY SHADE which was performed at Chester's new theatre STORYHOUSE and at the EDINBURGH JUST FESTIVAL.
The piece featured orchestral music recorded with the Scottish Session Orchestra at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
In 2019 we launched two exciting and very different new works - an opera with dance based on Mary & Bryan Talbot's Costa Award Winning DOTTER OF HER FATHER'S EYES extracts of which were performed at DUBLIN WORLDCON, and THE STUMBLING BLOCK based on the poetry cycle by the amazing BRIAN CATLING which was performed at the CHESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL at STORYHOUSE and at THE ARTS CENTRE EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY.
A day out not so long ago to see and record with the lovely Alan Moore in his home town of Northampton.
Alan, Bettina and Gary: