Coming soon: 2021!
"Like everyone, we've had to rethink our activities this year.
Now we've had time to pause for thought, we've taken the opportunity to reflect and to take stock... we've tidied up lots of unfinished tasks, and have made plans for current and future works, and dreamed up new ideas...
Sadly we had to postpone two major projects in 2020 but we'll be back to share these in 2021 - and more - and we'll be making a special announcement about this in January. We can't wait to be back in theatres, concert halls and some other less conventional performance spaces working once again with amazing artists and talented technicians, our friends and colleagues. Have a peaceful festive holiday and here's to a prosperous 2021!"
Gary & Bettina December 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
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.
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.
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: