When You Light a Candle, You Also Cast a Shadow is a new dance work to be performed in galleries by Company Carpi. Created by choreographer Bettina Carpi and composer Gary Lloyd, Company Carpi are responding to Lancaster University’s art collection, held at the Peter Scott Gallery, by weaving together a natural dialogue between visual art and poetry through dance.
Artworks by Norman Adams, Rebecca Chesney, Andy Goldsworthy and Victor Pasmore have been specially selected for the Shifting Currents exhibition to reflect the natural movements and fluidity of the dance piece and connect with Lancaster Arts’ 2021 theme of water.
This work features a trio of dancers and a string quintet, with specially written poetry by Costa Award winner, Dr Mary Talbot. Inspired by nature, it considers opposing forces – harmony and chaos, creation and destruction – and how those opposing conditions are linked. The dance is as much a celebration as it is a call to awareness about the dangerous state of our climate, our habitat and our planet.
When You Light A Candle, You Also Cast A Shadow is commissioned by Lancaster Arts & Culture Warrington through Dance Consortia North West. The work was originally to be presented in 2020, however the realization of the work was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.