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,
Company Director, Nicole Vivien Watson has successfully completed a Level 4, British Sign Language course. ” Sincere thanks to my teacher Nathalie at CityLit – Covent Garden, for being so generous and open to talk about her experiences and Deaf Culture. Thanks also to Dancers Career Development and The Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund for support…Read More
Over the past seven years, Nicole has activated collaborations with No Neck Blues Band, :zoviet*france: and others to impressive effect. She remembers a performance at Judson Memorial Church – NYC, Molly performing a solo Nicole choreographed, Mico and Dave Nuss accompanying live. Their choice of instruments were, a singing bowl and a rope encrusted with…Read More
Links between Japan and the North East of England were celebrated as part of the ‘UK-JAPAN 150’ year of events in 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan-UK relations. Now the region’s vibrant historic links with Japan are being explored through a cultural research project which aims to tell the story of five young…Read More
Still Life; A young man makes a person from mud only to find himself unsure of his actions faced with the responsibility of its life. Still Life Directed by Ben Jeans Houghton, is one of ten short films commissioned by BALTIC in partnership with Northern Film & Media and Channel 4 25 OCTOBER 2013 –…Read More
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…Read More