Richard Chappell Dance: Still Touch

Company: Richard Chappell Dance
Running Time: Fri 13 March, 8.30pm. 55mins. With free interactive gallery performance at 7.30pm (30mins drop in for as long as you like).
Price: £15 (£14)

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About this event

A moving exploration of the relationship between three dancers and three life-size human sculptures, Still Touch is a collaboration between the critically acclaimed ensemble Richard Chappell Dance and internationally renowned sculptor Anna Gillespie.

Created initially for Royal Opera House’s Month of Sundays Festival, it emotes the personal and human need for touch to be reciprocated by a living and moving person, examining the sensitive dynamic of touch between performers who are alive in perpetual motion and individual sculptures of people fixed in constant stillness. Still Touch features Richard Chappell Dance's unique and distinguishable use of contemporary dance, ballet, partner work and improvisation whilst diving into the combination of what people can express in motion and what sculpture expresses through image. It features stunning sculptures that can also be seen up close in our gallery before the performance.

This is a beautiful and original show which moves the audience to consider how we might experience connection when a loved one is not there.

The show is in two parts: the main 55-minute performance in our theatre at 8.30pm, and a preceding interactive performance in the gallery (7.30-8pm), where you will walk among the dancers and sculpture(s?). The gallery performance is optional but we think it adds to the overall experience. Please drop into the gallery any time between 7.30-8pm and enjoy the interactive performance for as long as you like.

About the Artists

Richard Chappell is an internationally renowned choreographer and performer. In 2013, he formed his ensemble Richard Chappell Dance to act as a platform for his choreographic research and touring activities by engaging with artists and audiences through full bodied and emotionally
fuelled movement which is at the forefront of interdisciplinary performance.

From 2017, Richard created his first full length work At the end we begin through Studio Wayne McGregor's FreeSpace programme, before two years of extensive touring across the UK. The companies outdoor work ‘Silence Between Waves’ was featured as part of the British High COmmission’s Singapore-UK Partnership for the Future Campaign in 2019 and, most recently, the company created Still Touch for the Royal Opera House’s Month of Sunday’s Festival.

RCD’s work builds on an ever-evolving movement practice and aesthetic, which is matched with a vibrant range of collaborators, such as dramaturg Neus Gil Cortes, composer Samuel Hall and sculptor Anna Gillespie.


Rather than feeling one was watching a performance, it was more like looking in on an intimate world, at times troubled but ultimately beautiful.
Jess Ryan-Phillips, Oxford Dance Writers
An incredible collaboration and passion between the dancer and the sculpture. The intimacy, imagery for the audience was breathtaking
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