"Observing the filming days in the Conservatory at the Barbican and seeing how Nicole worked with Bim Ajadi and the film crew, it was clear that the success of the piece was rooted in the shared respect and willingness to learn from one another and truly collaborate. The blending of languages, working with interpreters between spoken English and BSL, with elements of Semaphore in the choreography, also benefited the process, lending itself to shared learning and deeper understanding. It's been a pleasure supporting Nicole throughout the Open Lab programme and we look forward to seeing how her practice continues to develop". Anna Dominian, Assistant Producer,
Barbican Centre.

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Surface Area Dance Theatre in collaboration with artists, participants, and academics, aims to develop an original dance language that champions diversity and innovation.

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“In the post-performance discussion I was really interested when Tom White, the musician, spoke about their experience, how it had been a challenge to their practice as they had never worked with a Deaf choreographer before. How they had to explore ways to make cues work for both hearing and Deaf dancers, how they mixed live sound throughout the performance to take cues from the dancers, and how they experimented with low frequency sound so that within the space it was not only heard, but could also be felt. This for me exemplifies one of the powers of Disability Arts; and the challenge to artists to learn to create in ways that are new to them to allow accessibility and how this pushes their artistry”, Review of ‘Hand in Hand’ by , Disability Arts Online.


Co-Directed by Nicole Vivien Watson and Paul Miller, resources are maintained to enable a continued discourse with the D/deaf and hearing community via communication channels in English and British Sign Language.

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Surface Area Dance Theatre at Dance City

17/09/2021 - 19:30 / UK

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Surface Area Dance Theatre at The Hepworth Wakefield

16/10/2021 - / UK

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

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