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.
"We would like to extend a massive thanks to Director Nicole Vivien Watson and our friend and choreographer Chris Fonseca who continue to utilise and experiment with our technology. Collectives like Surface Area Dance Theatre enable us to connect people from all walks of life with music and sound while also raising important issues and educating about the D/deaf and Hoh communities".SubPack Ltd
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,
Courtesy of the British Council and the British Embassy Tokyo, Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson will be returning to Japan in the Autumn, to hold a residency at Ise City, the home of Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine). The starting-point of her research will be investigations into the architecture and artistry of the shrine’s Torii…Read More
By clearing evidencing progressive strategies, Surface Area Dance Theatre is celebrating a further two years of Disability Confident Employer status, awarded by the Department of Work and Pensions and has committed to four priorities; 1, challenging attitudes towards disability 2, increasing understanding of disability 3, removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health…Read More
An excerpt from a recently published review of ‘Hand in Hand’ covered by Disability Arts Online (DAO). Sincere thanks to DAO for capturing the spirit of this extraordinary event so perfectly! “The strength of this piece was in collaboration and accessibility which was integral right from inception and this played beautifully on stage – there…Read More
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 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