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,
“With thanks to Arts Council England – Artists International Development Fund, I can accept an invitation from the New York Butoh Institute, to perform and participate in the Institute’s annual festival of conferences, live-performances and presentations, taking place in Manhattan over a period of 21 days, throughout October 2018. I look forward to celebrating the…Read More
“Very pleased to mention that I am now a member of Action Learning. Facilitated by Independent Dance and Dancers’ Career Development, with support from the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund. Look forward to meet my fellow set members, at the Siobhan Davies Studios later in the month”. Nicole Vivien WatsonRead More
This evening’s talk at the Daiwa Foundation was truly inspiring. I’m thankful to have heard Professor Kojiro Hirose’s touching account of meeting Haru Kobayashi (1900-2005), who was known as the “last Goze”. Goze is a term referring to visually-impaired female musicians who travelled Japan playing shamisen. After World War II, with the expansion of the…Read More
The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed explores creation myth and Messy Play, while Raft is a navigation of self via astrology – two live 20-30 minute performances with a 30 minute interval. Made in collaboration between Matthew De Kersaint Giraudeau, Ben Jeans Houghton and Nicole Vivien Watson. The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed offers a study of the human…Read More
THE MUD FORMED A FINGER, POINTED & RAFT 8th of December 17, at CCA: GLASGOW https://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/surface-area-dance-theatre-the-mud-formed-a-finger-pointed-raft 20th of December 17, at WORKPLACE GATESHEAD http://www.workplacegallery.co.uk/events/65/ 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
Where Our Roots Are Planted – Volunteer Dance Opportunity in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Guest producers Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller are delighted to welcome San Francisco’s award-winning deaf dance artist Antoine to the region and we are looking for 20 volunteer dance participants to join him in a dynamic week of creative dance activities. Where Our Roots Are Planted is a week long project taking place during the day from Monday 9 October…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
Surface Area Dance Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Celebration is fast approaching and as part of the evening, Vangeline founder of the New York Butoh Institute will perform the reimagining of Project Godie – Firstly performed at All Saint’s Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, on the 12 and 13 of August 2016. “I am thrilled and honored to have…Read More