StopGAP

Hofesh Shechter

Hofesh graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before joining the Batsheva Dance Company. In order to develop his significant interest in music and rhythm, Hofesh also began drum and percussion studies in Tel-Aviv, continued later in Paris at Agostiny College of Rhythm where he began experimenting and developing his own music which included body-percussion.He participated in various dance and theatre projects in Europe before moving to the UK in 2002 to join the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.His choreographic debut 'Fragments' (for which he also created the score) toured the UK, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Korea, New York and Poland, where the piece won 1st place in the 3rd 'Serge Diaghilev Choreography Competition.In 2004 Hofesh was commissioned by The Place Prize for which he created 'Cult'. The work was selected as one of five finalists, ultimately winning the Audience Choice Award.Hofesh went on to create new pieces for Bare Bones Company and Edge – the postgraduate company of 'London Contemporary Dance School. Other commissions included 'Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Ballet CeDeCe in Portugal.In 2006 Hofesh worked as choreographer for 'Motortown' by Simon Stephens which premiered at The Royal Court Theatre in May.In June 2006 he premiered 'Uprising', a commission by the Robin Howard Foundation at London's The Place, and throughout Autumn and into Spring 2007, toured the UK and Europe with 'deGENERATION' – a triple-bill featuring both 'Cult' and 'Uprising'.Prior to working with StopGAP, his latest commission was a collaboration between The Place, the Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells called 'In Your Rooms' which features 11 dancers and live music, and was performed at all three venues in 2007.

Gary Clarke

Originally from the former coal-mining city of Barnsley, Gary trained at the Electric Theatre Studios and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.At the age of 18, he was the first young performer to receive the Brian Glover Memorial Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts and Dance'.Gary spent the next 6 years as a member of Lea Anderson's The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs and also danced with Adventures in Motion Pictures, Retina Dance Company, Javier de Frutos, Bock and Vincenzi, Phoenix Dance Company, Maresa Von Stockert's Tilted Co, Nigel Charnock and The Felix Ruckert Company. He has created works for Ascendance REP, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Corridor Arts.In August 2004 Gary became Artistic Director of Pit Fleur Company and also received the 'Artist Development Award' from Danceworks UK.