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In partnership with colleagues Paul Miller and Moving Art Management, we are now organising the arrival of Choreographer Chisato Minamimura, who will be in residence at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK from the 18 – 22 of March and is looking to collaborate with 20 members of the community, to create an exciting live performance, presented in Dance City’s theatre space on the 22 of March.

To find out more, view Hannah and Paul offering English and British Sign Language information regarding the project and how you can get involved 

With sincere thanks to Arts Council England, Dance City and the Japan Foundation.

photography by-野田-祐一郎

The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed as reviewed by broadwayworld.com

The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed

“The sounds are barely more than droning and breath, but that is all that is needed to paint the weird and wonderful world Watson draws the audience into. There is a slimy pinkish mass in a bucket of goo invoking creation myths of how human beings were formed but also toying with the aesthetic and appeal within the fetish of “Messy Play,”. It was totally transfixing to watch as a shapeless object rises from the muck and stands tall in her goddess-like glory like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus”. (Cindy Sibilsky, www.broadwayworld.com, 2018)

Photography by Michael Blasé

Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones,

Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones, 2018 – 2020

Surface Area Dance Theatre is turning the page into a new epoch of choreographic studies, researched and developed in action with; Charlie Dearnley, Christopher Fonseca, Graham Patterson, Alex Rowland and Tom White.

With thanks to support from Arts Council England, Dance City, Spin Arts and Dance Studio Leeds.

Photography by Graham Patterson, Northumberland UK, 2018

Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson will be performing at the Theater for the New City, New York City, from the 18-21 October 2018

Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson, receives an invitation from the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2018. Curated by Vangeline for Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute and will be performing The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed, made in collaboration with Matthew De Kersaint Giraudeau (Sound) and Ben Jeans Houghton (Sculpture).

The performance invokes the narrative imagery of creation myths where humans are formed from the earth, within the aesthetic of the fetish Messy Play and through the language of Butoh, the performance links our understandings of the contemporary body and our imaginings of a primordial past.

With thanks to Arts Council England and The British Council.

Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC are a Disability Confident – Level 2 Employer

Disability Confident is a scheme that is designed to help recruit and retain disabled people, and people with health conditions for their skills and talents and supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace. The scheme aims to aid successful recruitment and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. Developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives to make it rigorous but easily accessible – particularly for smaller businesses.

“It is an important forward – step by the government to officially recognise the skills and abilities of disabled people and people with health conditions within the workplace. Surface Area Dance Theatre is proud to gain the certification of a Disability Confident Employer and will reflect upon guidance offered by the government, to maintain and improve upon best practice”. Nicole Vivien Watson, Director of Surface Area Dance Theatre.

 

A research and cultural development journey to West Japan

Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson, returns to the UK from a remarkable journey to the West coast of Japan. The venture was motivated by her on-going research into the life and works of Lafcadio Hearn (小泉八雲).  The photographs below were taken at Hearn’s former residence in Metsue. With many thanks and kind wishes to Bon Koizumi, Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum Director; Great-grandson of Lafcadio Hearn.

Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) was a British national of Greek and Irish descent, who was educated at Ushaw College in County Durham, England. After travelling over halfway around the globe, he arrived in Japan. In 1896, he married Koizumi Setsu, the daughter of a Matsue samurai, and became a Japanese citizen. During his fifty-four years of life, he produced thirty works, including Kwaidan, which he wrote in his later years.

 

Photographs of Lafcadio Hearn’s home and garden Matsue, Japan7 of June, 2018. By Nicole Vivien Watson.

With support from Dancers Career Development

Over the Summer months, Nicole will enrol on an Experimental Filmmaking course at City Lit, in Covent Garden, London. The course will increase Nicole’s knowledge and understanding of filmmaking process and techniques. This adventure and forward-step, is made possible by a bursary, awarded to Nicole by Dancers Career Development. ” I am thrilled to have this opportunity and to eventually become more at ease and knowledgable of the processes and techniques used in filmmaking. I shall invest this learning into future, creative outputs and I will enjoy the challenge of beginning to learn a new technique”. https://thedcd.org.uk

In partnership with the New York Butoh Institute

“With thanks to Arts Council England – Artists International Development Fund, I can accept an invitation from the New York Butoh Institute, to perform and participate in the Institute’s annual festival of conferences, live-performances and presentations, taking place in Manhattan over a period of 21 days, throughout October 2018. I look forward to celebrating the art-form, in the company of the international Butoh community”. (Company Director Nicole Vivien Watson)

Action Learning

“Very pleased to mention that I am now a member of Action Learning. Facilitated by Independent Dance and Dancers’ Career Development, with support from the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund. Look forward to meet my fellow set members, at the Siobhan Davies Studios later in the month”. Nicole Vivien Watson