Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC

Surface Area Dance Theatre in collaboration with artists and participants continues to develop an original movement language that is formed by identity. This reflecting the artistic and social commitments of our company and is 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 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.



As an organisation we greatly value the opportunity to connect with our immediate  and international dance community.


Surface Area Dance Theatre endeavour to establish meaning and lasting relationships with collaborators.


Selected Repertoire

"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 to eventually reveal the twitching, pulsing sentient being suffocating underneath". Review of Project Godie Live Events: Kopf, Biba. The Wire. (2016, November). On Site. Exhibitions, installations, etc. p.83

Immerse 2012

A soundscape installed into the waiting room of Durham train station for the duration of BRASS 2012 BRASS Durham International Festival 6 -22 July, 2012 Surface Area Dance Theatre in partnership with media artist Benjamin Freeth created Immerse as an alternative to tradition. Intricately placed brass sensors were attached to Nicole’s body, listening to muscular…

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Reparation 2011

Castle Keep, Newcastle upon Tyne Reparation is a culmination of research, collective discussion, shared motivation and choice. Expressing through creative movement and improvised music, the physical representation of self-conscious social emotions  placed in opposition to that of primal emotions such as fear and anger. Reparation can be described as an illuminated proximity of emotion, untrammelled…

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The Flowering Moon 2010

Programmed by Movement Research – Judson Memorial Church, NYC The Flowering Moon is the third collaboration with members of No Neck Blues Band – NYC. David Nuss and Mico performed live with principle dance artists Molly Hodkinson. Acknowledged as a meditation that draws upon the strength of physical and spiritual visualisation. With thanks to Movement…

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British Sign Language

We have reflected upon how our resources are best serving and have therefore prioritised our community work to benefit young people and adults who are Deaf and are hard of hearing. Evaluations collated over the past two years indicate that our work with participants from the Deaf community has a wider social impact and potential…

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Dust 2010

Grainger Market, Newcastle City Centre Surface Area Dance Theatre, in collaboration with Benjamin Freeth, presents Dust. A live performance of choreographed movement and manipulated audio recordings. Dust presents themes of connection, purpose and response. Exploring how we connect with each other, the world around us and our responses to the daily influence of the media…

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We are a limited company registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 14th May 2007. Company number 6245579