Bringing together language, sensation, contemplation, and physical expression through movement and wearable technology, Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones is adaptive to each social and architectural environment in which it is performed. The work explores the concept of using the entire body as a listening instrument, capable of feeling, touching and seeing the colours and textures of sound, sound in space, and silence.

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Throughout the work, dancers perform with SubPacs, a form of wearable technology that translates sound into vibrations. This improves accessibility by creating an environment that is equally shared while inviting each participant to reexamine their perspectives of and relationships to sound. All dancers, both d/Deaf and hearing, wear a SubPac to foster a unified relationship to sound, movement and the performed choreography. A number of SubPacs will also be available for the audience to try, whether d/Deaf or hearing.
This unique and contemplative performance was developed through choreographic research focusing on an experiential understanding of British Sign Language, alongside the mindfulness and connectivity present in the Japanese word Ma (間). Central to the dancers’ embodied movement research, this Japanese philosophy can be translated as a gap, pause or interval. Throughout the choreography the group physically interpret the possibilities of Ma through gesture, postures and physical contact, searching for 間 and always performing with the philosophy in mind.
A BSL accessible, informal post-performance discussion with Surface Area Dance Theatre will follow the performance, offering an opportunity to share thoughts and reflections. Those on a low income, or accompanying someone with access needs, are also encouraged to attend using the ‘companion’ tickets, available free of charge.