Nicole Vivien Watson

Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC, is led by Director Nicole Vivien Watson and resides at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne - UK. Nicole established the company in 2007 and as a passionate learner, she places investigation at the centre - point of practice, her process is interdisciplinary and when asked to describe her interests, she consistently refers to an understanding and informed perception of Butoh, which she describes as a contrastive spectrum of philosophy, performance and socially concerned activities. Equal to her knowledge of Butoh, is a persistent consideration of non - verbal communication. Nicole began studying British Sign Language (BSL) six years ago and with a scholarship from the Royal Ballet Benevolent fund, is in the final stages of her BSL education. Butoh and BSL occupy a generative importance within her practice, that Nicole describes as “Luminous pillars that support continued personal and professional development”.


Nicole Vivien Watson (b. 1982, County Durham - UK) Lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne and London. Studied BA Choreography at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and British Sign Language at Durham University - School of Modern Languages and Culture.

Recent works include:The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed & Raft (2017-18) supported by Arts Council England and performed at CCA:Glasgow, Workplace Gallery, Berwick Visual Arts and Bloc Projects, Sheffield. Where our Roots are Planted (2017) in partnership with Antoine Hunter, SFO and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, supported by Arts Council England, Project Godie Publication Launch (2017), in partnership with Cococara Art & Space, Tokyo; supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Japan Local Government Centre and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.  Auricular (2017); supported by Arts Council England and performed in partnership with CCA: Glasgow, Berwick Visual Arts and Turner Contemporary. Project Godie, UK - Japan - NYC (2016), supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund; Project Godie  - Exhibition, in partnership with the Discovery Museum and the Laing Art Gallery, UK (2016); A Mountain of Black Stones, made in collaboration with Yorgos Maraziotis (GR) and Klunks - NO and presented at Beton7, Athens (2016); Recent performances and exhibitions include: BushBash - Tokyo (2016);  The Institute for Creative Arts Practice - Newcastle University (2014); Space In Between, in collaboration with the ARKA Group, London (2014); BALTIC 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, (2014); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2013); Battersea Arts Centre (2013);  La MaMa, East Village NYC (2012); Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NYC (2012); Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, NYC (2011); Residencies and research periods include; The Ohno Studio Japan, Yokohama (2007), (2009) and (2016); UK Trade and Investment - British Council, São Paulo Brazil (2010); Movement Research, NYC (2011); Nicole is a 2015 recipient of a Royal Ballet Benevolent Award, a Daiwa Anglo- Japanese bursary holder 2015 - 16, a 2016 Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation supported artist and a Artists International Development Fund - Arts Council England and British Council, 2016 Awardee.

With support from: Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Japan Local Government Centre, Beton7 Gallery Athens, Dance City, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The British Council in Athens, the Embassy of Norway and the Norwegian Institute of Athens.

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We are a limited company registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 14th May 2007. Company number 6245579