Archive for February 2015

Creation of new work

Dance City

Surface Area Dance Theatre receives further investment from Dance City

Nicole will collaborate with three artist to devise and perform Raft. Premiering in the Autumn to coincide with Dance City’s 2015 Birthday Celebrations.

Japan Local Government Centre

Links between Japan and the North East of England were celebrated as part of the ‘UK-JAPAN 150’ year of events in 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan-UK relations. Now the region’s vibrant historic links with Japan are being explored through a cultural research project which aims to tell the story of five young Japanese men who came to Tyneside to research shipbuilding in the late 19th century, never to return.

Japanese Navy

The project is the brainchild of Newcastle-based researchers Nicole Vivien Watson and Adam Dentone, who were fascinated by the story of the five young researchers from the Japanese Navy who visited Tyneside to investigate shipbuilding methods in the late 19th century but ultimately came to die on English soil rather than return home. The five are buried in Newcastle’s Elswick St John’s Cemetery, overlooking the Armstrong works where several Japanese navy ships were built to order during this time. Several of the graves currently lack headstones and the pair hopes to raise funds and identify suitable partners to provide fitting memorials.

Still Life 2013

Still Life; A young man makes a person from mud only to find himself unsure of his actions faced with the responsibility of its life.

Still Life Directed by Ben Jeans Houghton, is one of ten short films commissioned by BALTIC in partnership with Northern Film & Media and Channel 4
25 OCTOBER 2013 – 17 NOVEMBER 2013

In partnership with Northern Film & Media and Channel 4, BALTIC co-commissioned ten new Random Acts films. Random Acts is a short-form daily arts strand on Channel 4, which launched in 2011. It enables a diverse supply of both established artists and emerging talent to create their own films, which are chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity.

Immerse 2012

A soundscape installed into the waiting room of Durham train station for the duration of BRASS 2012

BRASS Durham International Festival 6 -22 July, 2012

Surface Area Dance Theatre in partnership with media artist Benjamin Freeth created Immerse as an alternative to tradition. Intricately placed brass sensors were attached to Nicole’s body, listening to muscular tensions. What is heard are a series of recorded captions, translating internal dance movement to sound.
Through a process of devised experiments Nicole and Benjamin used the brass sensor technology to create a unique musical score. An immersive audio landscape where waves of sound wash over and beyond, traveling and connecting to the listening audience.

With thanks to Durham Council, Culture Lab and Arts Council England


Reparation 2011

Castle Keep, Newcastle upon Tyne

Reparation is a culmination of research, collective discussion, shared motivation and choice. Expressing through creative movement and improvised music, the physical representation of self-conscious social emotions  placed in opposition to that of primal emotions such as fear and anger. Reparation can be described as an illuminated proximity of emotion, untrammelled and performed on impulse with freedom. Performed in the chapel of the Castle Keep, built by Henry II between 1168 -1178; One of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in the country.
The fourth collaborative work created by Surface Area Dance Theatre – UK, Mico and David Nuss of No Neck Blues Band – NYC.

With thanks to The Castle Keep, Newcastle City Council – The Newcastle Fund and Dance City.

The Flowering Moon 2010

Programmed by Movement Research – Judson Memorial Church, NYC

The Flowering Moon is the third collaboration with members of No Neck Blues Band – NYC. David Nuss and Mico performed live with principle dance artists Molly Hodkinson. Acknowledged as a meditation that draws upon the strength of physical and spiritual visualisation.

With thanks to Movement Research, UK Trade and Investment and the British Consulate.