Surface Area Dance Theatre
On the 14 of May 2007, Surface Area Dance Theatre became incorporated as a Community Interest Company, under the Companies Act of 1985. We recognise our moral and social responsibility and our work aims to promote equality and diversity, in all aspects of our company activities. In 2018, we became a registered Level 2 Disability Confident Committed Employer, which is a scheme developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.
In collaboration with artists, participants, academics and stakeholders, we continue to develop an original dance language that is formed by identity, reflecting the artistic and social commitments of our company - achieved by dedicating the company's resources to periods of intensive research, the presentation of dance through live performance, interdisciplinary collaborations and international cultural exchange. Our company is Co-Directed by Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller, we are representative of our community, and resources are maintained to enable a continued discourse with the D/deaf and hearing community, via communication channels in English and British Sign Language.
We use the definition from the Equality Act 2010, which defines a disabled person as someone who has a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activity.
"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". Review of Project Godie Live Events: Kopf, Biba. The Wire.
Hand In Hand (2019) choreographed by Chisato Minamimura and produced by Surface Area Dance Theatre. Presented at Dance City, in collaboration with visual artist Graham Patterson and musician Tom White. The finale of a week-long project led by Chisato, that involved twenty extraordinary D/deaf and hearing dancers from the North-East region, who were inspired to respond to Chisato’s unique creative practice. Supported by Arts Council England, Dance City, Moving Art Management and The Japan Foundation.
"The strength of this piece was in collaboration and accessibility which was integral right from inception and this played beautifully on stage – there was no BSL interpreter as an add-on. In moments of text, there were always two performers playing back and forth with each other, one using stunning flowing BSL and the other spoken English, with points of joint signing which would flow back into or out of the dance…". Disability Arts Online, 22 March 2019,
A post that contains exciting news! In partnership with colleagues Paul Miller and Moving Art Management, we are now organising the arrival of Choreographer Chisato Minamimura, who will be in residence at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK from the 18 – 22 of March and is looking to collaborate with 20 members of the…Read More
The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed “The sounds are barely more than droning and breath, but that is all that is needed to paint the weird and wonderful world Watson draws the audience into. There is a slimy pinkish mass in a bucket of goo invoking creation myths of how human beings were formed but…Read More
Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones, 2018 – 2020 Surface Area Dance Theatre is turning the page into a new epoch of choreographic studies, researched and developed in action with; Charlie Dearnley, Christopher Fonseca, Graham Patterson, Alex Rowland and Tom White. With thanks to support from Arts Council England, Dance City, Spin Arts…Read More
Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson will be performing at the Theater for the New City, New York City, from the 18-21 October 2018
Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson, receives an invitation from the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2018. Curated by Vangeline for Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute and will be performing The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed, made in collaboration with Matthew De Kersaint Giraudeau (Sound) and Ben Jeans Houghton (Sculpture). The performance invokes the narrative…Read More
Disability Confident is a scheme that is designed to help recruit and retain disabled people, and people with health conditions for their skills and talents and supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace. The scheme aims to aid successful recruitment and retain disabled people and those…Read More
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
Over the Summer months, Nicole will enrol on an Experimental Filmmaking course at City Lit, in Covent Garden, London. The course will increase Nicole’s knowledge and understanding of filmmaking process and techniques. This adventure and forward-step, is made possible by a bursary, awarded to Nicole by Dancers Career Development. ” I am thrilled to have…Read More
Chrysanthemum Box, Hosono Hitomi, 2012. Porcelain, palladium. United Kingdom, London.Read More