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Auricular 2017

Auricular is a multi-disciplinary performance art piece inspired by British Sign Language (BSL), sensory processing and communication and intends to construct an immersive sensory environment through dance, sound and BSL; it evokes a sense of being, playing between sensuality, physicality and the affected.

Dance City and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead firstly commissioned Auricular in 2014 and in 2015. Now with support from Arts Council England and partnering organisations Auricular will be presented in April 2017 at CCA Glasgow, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick and at Turner Contemporary.

Directed by Nicole Vivien Watson in collaboration with the artists involved, Nicole comments “British Sign Language is a language of movement, space and expression. As a movement researcher and choreographer, I am fascinated by the depth and clarity of a language that does not rely on the spoken word”.

Illustration by Yorgo Maraziotis: All rights reserved

Auricular 2017

 

Auricular is a multi-disciplinary performance art piece inspired by British Sign Language (BSL), sensory processing and communication.

Auricular intends to construct an immersive sensory environment through dance, sound and BSL; it evokes a sense of being, playing between sensuality, physicality and the affected.

Dance City and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead firstly commissioned Auricular in 2014 and in 2015. Now with support from Arts Council England and partnering organisations Auricular will be presented in April 2017 at CCA Glasgow, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick and at Turner Contemporary.

Directed by Nicole Vivien Watson in collaboration with the artists involved, Nicole comments “British Sign Language is a language of movement, space and expression. As a movement researcher and choreographer, I am fascinated by the depth and clarity of a language that does not rely on the spoken word”.

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Project Godie reviewed by the Wire

“It’s more about movement than dance; and those movements have only been arrived at through long, drawn out exercises in stripping away layer upon layer of socially conditioned thought and action to eventually reveal the twitching, pulsing sentient being suffocating underneath”.

Review of Project Godie Live Events: Kopf, Biba. The Wire. (2016, November). On Site. Exhibitions, installations,etc. p.83

Project Godie Live Events (12th and 13th of August 2016, All Saint’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) Co – Produced by Surface Area Dance Theatre and Adam Denton. Choreography and Direction by Vangeline. Featured dance artist, Molly Procter, Vangeline and Nicole Vivien Watson, with sonics by Trans/Human. Costume design and creation by Katerina Dipla, lighting design by Louise Gregory. Documented by Aaron Guy.

 

Collaboration in Practice

Company Directors Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller attended Collaboration in Practice, a symposium facilitated by Venture Arts, bringing speakers from across the UK to BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, on the 18th of October, to share their experiences of collaboration in contemporary disability visual art practice including; Amanda Sutton, Director, Venture Arts, Manchester; Ruth Gould, Director, DadaFest International; Tanya Raabe-Webber, Artist; Charlotte Hollinshead, Artist Facilitator, Action Space, London; Elisabeth Gibson, Executive Artistic Director, Project Ability, Glasgow; Shan Edwards, Chief Executive/Artistic Director, The Art House, Wakefield.

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Project Godie Exhibition, on display at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne – UK, until the 8th of January 2017.

Project Godie Exhibition

Today the North East enjoys strong business relations with Japan, not the least of which is Nissan whose presence at Sunderland is significant. However, the region’s cultural and commercial exchanges with Japan run deeper than might first be thought. Japanese warships were once built on the banks of the River Tyne in Elswick. Five graves occupied by Japanese nationals lie nearby in St John’s Cemetery, showing us that their time here was more than simply a business exchange.

 

Paul Miller

Photography by Paul  Miller

https://discoverymuseum.org.uk

Project Godie

Project Godie ‘Dance of Darkness’ sheds light on Anglo-Japanese heritage

Project Godie is a multi platform heritage programme that will take audiences on a journey through Anglo-Japanese history, celebrating the north east of England’s strong links with Japan through dance, music, film and literature.

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The programme will launch with a performance that places Butoh at its heart – which is why producers Nicole Vivien Watson and Adam Denton went straight to the heart of Butoh to inform their work. Commissioning critically-acclaimed, New York Butoh artist, Vangeline (“Captivating” New York Times), Los Angeles Times, (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist”) and having had the opportunity to spend time with late Butoh co-founder, Kazuo Ohno, Nicole Vivien Watson, Creative Director of Newcastle-based Surface Area Dance Theatre has prepared a solid training ground for her company’s first Butoh performance. Alongside co-producer and cultural researcher Adam Denton (who will also be providing the audio backdrop through sonic performance duo Trans/Human)

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Project Godie will take a multi-disciplinary approach, opening with a Butoh performance, that will lead to archive exhibits, commissioned essays, film and an interactive website to encourage community engagement. Additionally, community groups Search and St James Culture and Heritage Centre in the Elswick area of Newcastle will also take part in a range of events including writing and movement workshop.

Nicole Vivien Watson: “It is widely acknowledged that the region has experienced cultural and commercial exchanges with Japan, the beginnings of which can be found geographically on the banks of the River Tyne in Elswick through its shipbuilding heritage. The legacy we see today is the region’s strong business relations with Japan”.

Adam Denton: “We feel there is so much more to discover and our research activities will continue beyond the project’s launch and into the Autumn, culminating with a presence within The Discovery Museum’s permanent exhibition space in Newcastle.”