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.


Selected Repertoire

"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,



Community Action Plan

Surface Area Dance Theatre are delighted to announce that the company’s First Steps – Community Action Plan,  has been reviewed by Community Development Foundation and will be published next month.      

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Cultural Research visit to Japan, April – May 2016

“With support from the Daiwa Foundation and The Great British Sasakawa Foundation, Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson in collaboration with Adam Denton will undertake a period of investigation in Japan from April to May 2016. This extended period of time will award Nicole and Adam the opportunity to meet with butoh artists living in Kanazawa, explore the Tatsumi Hijikata…

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A Mountain of Black Stones, presented at Beton7, Athens.

Surface Area Dance Theatre in collaboration with visual artist Yorgos Maraziotis and sound artist Klunks, performed A Mountain of Black Stones, at Beton 7 in Athens on the 12th and 13th of February 2016. With thanks to Beton7, The British Council Athens and The Embassy of Norway.  

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Aarchivio Ohno – Università di Bologna

With thanks to Associate Professor Elena Cervellati.  

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Archivio Ohno, Università di Bologna

From the 18th of January, Director Nicole Vivien Watson will be consulting Associate Professor Elena Cervellati, Università di Bologna and accessing the rare Archivio Ohno. This is a cherished opportunity for Nicole and one that she has wished to undertake, since her first meeting with Mr. Ohno in 2007, at his residents in Yokohama. Findings from the visit…

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First Steps

On the 19 of December from 1p.m,  Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC, delivered taster sessions in dance, drama and music to young people and adults from the D/deaf community in Newcastle upon Tyne. Feedback from participants, indicates that there is a need and desire for young D/d to access arts activities. All findings will be considered and…

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Surface Area Dance Theatre in collaboration with Greek Deaf Theatre

Company Directors, Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller will begin a cultural exchange with Greek Deaf Theatre – Athens. Nicole and Paul will be present in Athens with the company from February – March 2016. The purpose of the visit, is to begin determining a better understanding of international sign language, international Deaf theatre and…

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Deficiency of Deaf Access Within the Arts

Company Directors, Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller receive support from Community Development Foundation to develop an action plan that will highlight the deficiency of Deaf access within the arts. Together, Nicole and Paul will consult with the Deaf community of the North East, to decide upon practical actions and make positive changes.

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