Chisato Minamimura is a Deaf dance artist, choreographer and BSL art guide. She was born in Japan and is now based in London. Having trained at Trinity Laban in London, she went on to secure and M.A. at Yokohama National University. She also has a B.A in Japanese painting.
Chisato has created, promoted, performed and taught dance in over 40 locations across 20 countries, including during 3 years (2003 – 2006) as a company member of internationally renowned CandoCo Dance Company. She has been involved in Aerial Performances with Graeae Theatre Company, London Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Cultural Olympiad.
Chisato works with international cutting-edge digital artists working in sound, projection, vibration and animation. She often uses mathematical scores to create her choreography with professional dancers and aims to enhance the experience of dance and performance without using music but instead creating visual sound.
In 2018 an intimate new solo digital and live performance work, SCORED IN SILENCE scheduled to showcase at the Brighton Digital Festival 2018 and Manchester Science Festival 2018. The work explores the hidden perspectives of deaf hibakusha, the survivors of the A-Bombs that fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and the relevance of this for all of us today.
The ARKA group is a collaboration between Ben Jeans Houghton & Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau. Their work takes different forms, from sculptural installations that dismantle cinematic ideas and methodologies, to films and sound works addressing the stranger fringes of scientific and philosophical thought. The ARKA group’s films often subsume and manipulate the subject specific language of the ideas they investigate through the use of fictive protagonists and narrative voiceover. Their sculptural work uses found, bought and made materials to create art objects which sit somewhere between the precious and the abject.
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.
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 to choreograph and perform in Project Godie.
Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline's work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”), Los Angeles Times, (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist”) and LA Weekly to name a few.
Born in Athens, in 1984.
Studied Illustration at the Wolverhampton University and Silkscreen at the S.V.A in NYC. He works as a visual artist using various media (such as painting, prints & installations) and as a stage designer for the theater and dance.
In 2012, he was proposed to represent Greece at the 1st W.Y.A exhibition in Nottingham while at the same time, he was invited as a guest lecturer of the Digital Communication Department of Wolverhampton University. In 2013, he took part at the Ultimate Laser Summit exhibition at the Tinguely museum in Basel while a year later, he was invited by the S.V.A. to exhibit his work Night of The World in NYC. In 2015 this body of work was published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle. His works have been exhibited in group and solo shows internationally.
Selection of Solo Shows: STILL, S.A.F., Santorini (2015) (curated by M. Vasariotou), Night Of The World, S.V.A, NYC (2014), Night Of The World, Beton7, Athens (2013) (curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis), Oh Lord!, Dalliance, London (2010), 5 Seasons, Old Arsakion School, Patras (2009), Cartons, Jet-set, Prague (2009), Inside, Hole, Athens (2008).
Selection of Group Shows: Tender Is The Night, CAN Gallery, Athens (2016), Art- Athina Contemporaries: 2015-1975, Art- Athina, Athens (2015) (curated by C. Marinos)
Molly studied dance and choreography at Northumbria University, UK during this time she also travelled to New York to train with Risa Steinburg at the Limon Institute. In 2010 Molly collaborated with Surface Area Dance Theatre to create Dust performed in April (2011) as part of Gateshead International Festival of Theatre and then later in June at La MaMa ETC, NYC as part of La Mama's international festival of Dance. Reparation shortly followed where she performed a solo work accompanied by No Neck Blues (NYC) in The Castle Keep, a medieval landmark of Newcastle.
She was part of Auricular (2013) performed at Baltic39 and the rework in 2014 performed at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Molly is a teacher for the Centre For Advanced Training (CAT) programme based at Dance City, in Newcastle, which is part of a national network of institutions delivering non-residential, pre-vocational, professional dance training.
Rachel Jean Birch is based between Newcastle upon Tyne and London, working simultaneously as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and producer. Rachel’s first collaboration with Surface Area Dance Theatre was in October 2014, performing one of three lead roles in Auricular, exhibited as an installed work, at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art - UK. Rachel has been accepted onto the Clore Emerging Leaders Programme in Warwickshire, which will begin in March 2015.
Adam Denton is a trans-disciplinary musician and cultural researcher with a background in exploratory guitar noise. He is based in Gateshead, UK and has toured the UK and Europe extensively.
Predominantly collaborative, his work focusses on noise generation within networked performance situations and performed installation environments.
Most recently Denton brought ongoing collaborative projects Trans/Human and Mutual Process together to present RE/CEPTOR at TUSK Festival 2014 with Nicole Vivien Watson.
He has released audio recordings on various physical and online formats, through labels such as: Blackest Rainbow, LF Records, The Audacious Art Experiment, KIKS/Girlfriend, Discombobulate, and Fuse Editions.
He has played live sessions and had recordings played on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and A Duck in a Tree (Resonance FM).
Ben Jeans Houghton creates work in sculpture, installation, film, photography, drawing, writing and performance. He has exhibited internationally in Germany, Greece, Japan, North Africa, South Asia, and the USA, whilst regularly exhibiting in the UK with organisations such as BALTIC, SpaceInBetween, CIRCA Projects, Globe Gallery and CORNERHOUSE. With Matthew Giraudeau he is a founding member of the ARKA Group; a fluid collective of creative collaborators who aim to make scientific and philosophical concepts tangible to a wider audience through the delivery of innovative and poetic Visual Art.
Katerina Dipla was born in Athens and grew up in Patras. She received her first degree from the Department of the Theatre studies of the University of Patras. She subsequently completed a foundation diploma in Art and Design atCamberwell College of Arts, before studying for a BA in Fashion and Print at Central Saint Martins in London. She now designs costumes for theatre and cinema productions while working on her own collections.
David Nuss has been an active part of the NYC musical community for twenty years. Nuss is founding member of the No-Neck Blues Band (NNCK), the longest-running American musical group dedicated exclusively to improvisation. David first collaborated with Surface Area in 2009 on Yacho No Mori. Further collaborations took place in the UK and NYC. Our most favored experience of collaborating with David took place at Judson Memorial Church – NYC.
“My particular interest in working with Nicole is that we have a spiritual practice in common that lends itself to a clear intention for our mutual expression. The creations at once spring from this intention, but point sharply to something beyond the narrative created by our inter-dependence. This quality manifested itself most strongly at the Castle Keep performance, which was characterized by a kind of automatic-ness and acute sympathy between Nicole and myself” David Nuss
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