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

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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Nicole Interview – LIFO Magazine Athens

Company Director Nicole Vivien Watson interviewed by Alexandros Diakosavvas for LIFO Magazine Athens. Photography Credit Bonelli Arte

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Nicole Completes British Sign Language Course

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…

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Sands Hands

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…

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VINCENT DANCE THEATRE: 21 YEARS / 21 WORKS 21 YEARS/ 21 WORKS is a live and online collection of Artistic Director/ Choreographer Charlotte Vincent’s film and production work from 1994 to 2015.

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