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.
"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". Review of Project Godie Live Events: Kopf, Biba. The Wire.
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,
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…Read More
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…Read More