Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC

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 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

Meeting Kanazawa Butoh Kan and visiting Natadera Iwayama Temple

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Meeting artists and participants from Japanese Theatre of the Deaf

Nicole Vivien Watson meets artists and participants from Japanese Theatre of the Deaf. Thank you for the kind and welcoming introduction to Japanese Sign Language!

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Keio University Art Centre – Tatsumi Hijikata archive.

The Hijikata Tatsumi archive was acquired by the Art Center in April 1998, as the first initiative in constructing ‘research archives.’ As a central figure of the 1960s avant-garde, Hijikata collaborated with a nuber of representative artists of the time in creating his butoh performances. As works of ‘trans-artistry,’ rather than mere examples of ‘performance art,’…

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The Beginning – Project Godie

Over two years ago, Nicole and Adam began discussing Project Godie and now the pair embark upon the devising of a regionally specific creative endeavour, which includes a fascinating and compelling international dimension of research. The starting point of which is Little Godie. “As early as 1873, A Japanese acrobatic troupe,’Tanaker’s Japanese’, performed in Sunderland at…

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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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