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Deficiency of Deaf Access Within the Arts

Company Directors, Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller receive support from Community Development Foundation to develop an action plan that will highlight the deficiency of Deaf access within the arts.

Together, Nicole and Paul will consult with the Deaf community of the North East, to decide upon practical actions and make positive changes. Read More

Nicole Completes British Sign Language Course

Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson has successfully completed a Level 4, British Sign Language course. ” Sincere thanks to my teacher Nathalie at CityLit – Covent Garden, for being so generous and open to talk about her experiences and Deaf Culture. Thanks also to Dancers Career Development and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund for support and continued encouragement”

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Sands Hands

Over the past seven years, Nicole has activated collaborations with No Neck Blues Band, :zoviet*france: and others to impressive effect. She remembers a performance at Judson Memorial Church – NYC, Molly performing a solo Nicole choreographed, Mico and Dave Nuss accompanying live. Their choice of instruments were, a singing bowl and a rope encrusted with shells. The sounds made, were in essence, up – lifting.


Nicole is inquisitive and listens. She has studied British Sign Language for four years and has worked with the Deaf community for two years. Nicole is very aware that the ears are not the only instrument that hears. Her venturing into recording the sounds she makes, is simply a way to remember how sound feels.

The first recording, Sands Hands, is a recording of paper, pressure and tension.

Thank you for reading.