We have reflected upon how our resources are best serving and have therefore prioritised our community work to benefit young people and adults who are Deaf and are hard of hearing. Evaluations collated over the past two years indicate that our work with participants from the Deaf community has a wider social impact and potential for permanent transformative change. With support from The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and Dancers Career Development, Nicole Vivien Watson now studies Level 4 BSL in London.
Our most recent work with the Deaf community, includes the successful delivery of a thirty two week program involving hard to engage groups, that include disabled and Deaf participants living in wards of Newcastle upon Tyne, classified by our council as being economically underdeveloped and deprived of cultural activity. In total thirty people benefited from the project, aged 18 – 45. The activity was a user led program steered by four community volunteers, which has now evolved into a youth action group and is an ongoing priority for our company.
Grainger Market, Newcastle City Centre
Surface Area Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Benjamin Freeth, presents Dust. A live performance of choreographed movement and manipulated audio recordings. Dust presents themes of connection, purpose and response. Exploring how we connect with each other, the world around us and our responses to the daily influence of the media in our lives. There will be various performances in different spaces in the North East, extra performances will be announced here first!
Performance times: 12:30pm & 3:00pm
Central Station, Newcastle upon Tyne
Performance time: 3:00pm
Choreography: Nicole Vivien Watson
Dance Artists: Molly Hodkinson, Nicole Vivien Watson
Media Artist: Benjamin Freeth
Marketing: Nadia Iftkhar
Please note this is a non ticketed event.
Dust is supported by Arts Council England, Northern Rock Foundation and Newcastle City Council