"Like everyone, we've had to rethink our activities in the current situation.
It's a pause for thought, an opportunity to reflect and to take stock... it's also an opportunity to tidy up unfinished tasks, plan for current and future works, and to dream up new ideas.
The arts have proven to be of considerable worth to everyone in these last weeks under lockdown. We'll all know when it's time to step out again, and until then if you'd like to get in touch, if you feel like a chat, we'd love to hear from you.
Stay safe and see you soon."
Gary & Bettina 18th April 2020
"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
Photography by Brian Hickey
THE STUMBLING BLOCK
The most recent performance of our new hybrid dance theatre piece took place at THE ARTS CENTRE EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY
1st October 2019 following its premiere at
CHESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL on 30th July 2019.
Performed by dancers GABRIELLE ORR & PAIGE LYON
and drummers TOM MAUDE & PAUL SHEARD
Lighting Designer CATH CULLINANE
Based on the prose poem THE STUMBLING BLOCK by
the acclaimed poet, author and sculptor BRIAN CATLING with his support and "delighted approval"
Funded by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
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 co-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 and the piece will tour the UK soon.
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.
We're currently developing two new performance pieces, a chamber opera with dance based on Mary & Bryan Talbot's Costa Award Winning DOTTER OF HER FATHER'S EYES, and THE STUMBLING BLOCK (see above).
Read more about our projects via links and buttons below or looking round our site.
Bettina performing in Sarah Michelson's
'THE HANGMAN' for CandoCo:
View the orchestral piece composed by GARY LLOYD as a memorial for his friend and collaborator the late great Scottish novelist IAIN BANKS:
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: