Hand in Hand

Hand In Hand choreographed by Chisato Minamimura and is produced by Nicole Vivien Watson of Surface Area Dance Theatre and Paul Miller of Rory Studio and supported by Moving Art Management.

Join us for a sharing of work by international deaf dance choreographer Chisato Minamimura, presented in Dance City’s Theatre, in collaboration with visual artist Graham Patterson and musician Tom White. The sharing is the finale of a week-long project led by Chisato with 20 extraordinary deaf and hearing dancers, who are inspired to respond to Chisato’s unique creative practice.

“Beguiling and otherworldly, like nothing else I’ve ever experienced”. Laurence Hill, Brighton Digital Festival Director

‘‘The whole experience was just amazing. Hands down the best experience I’ve had so far’’(Dancer from the previous project Where Our Roots Are Planted, 2017 at BALTIC.)

Post Show Social: Join us in Dance City’s Café for an informal post-show discussion and social gathering from 7pm.

Hand In Hand is supported by Arts Council England, Dance City, Surface Area Dance Theatre, Rory Studio, Moving Art Management and The Japan Foundation.


Kind Words... “It has been wonderful to connect with the work that Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller are leading. Since the BA Performance programme was launched in 2015 as the first dedicated conservatoire training in the UK for deaf performers we have appreciated this

relationship and the opportunity it gives us to share knowledge and practice.  We were delighted to be invited to the performance of ‘Where our Roots are Planted’ and to take part in a workshop with International artist Antoine Hunter.   It is so important for our students to connect with deaf artists and to find out about their pathways into the industry and how they approach the work they are developing.  We are incredibly grateful to Nicole and Paul and look forward to an ongoing relationship”.

Claire LamontHead of BA Performance in BSL & English

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones

Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones, exists as an enquiry and process of choreographic research, centred upon Nicole Vivien Watson’s understanding and knowledge of British Sign Language, Deaf culture and Butoh.  Language, communication and physical expression through movement, are three of the principal interests Nicole has chosen to include in the present-phase of…

Read More

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…

Read More


THE MUD FORMED A FINGER, POINTED & RAFT   8th of December 17, at CCA: GLASGOW   20th of December 17, at  WORKPLACE GATESHEAD    Two live 20-30 minute performances with a 30 minute intermission. The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed explores creation myth and Messy Play, while Raft is a navigation of…

Read More


伯父 UNCLE offers audiences an intimate and personal insight into the Butoh world. Yoshito Ohno gifted the waistcoat, exhibited in the center – point of the room, to Nicole after their reunion in Yokohama, at the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio in 2016. The waistcoat’s skillful craftsmanship and modest design are emblematic of the qualities that…

Read More

Would you like to find out more about Surface Area Dance Theatre?

We'd love to share our news with you

Surface Area Logo
Arts Council logo
disability confident

Surface Area Dance Theatre is a company limited by guarantee.

Registered in England and Wales. Company No. 6245579