Surface Area 10th Anniversary
10th June 2017
Surface Area Dance Theatre's 10th Anniversary. This took place at Dance City in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. A performance which I participated in the opening ceremony, and where I translated a English poem into British Sign Language.
Butoh Research Development & Training
29th May - 9th June 2017
Earlier this year I completed my new theatre script "The Gingerbread Witch”.
During my time writing the script, I became familiar with the concept of Butoh Dance, and recently while attending a business trip to Japan; I decided to include a visit to see a Butoh performance in its homeland. I was completely inspired and fell in love with the concept of using this unique style of dance in my theatre production - specifically to the witch character.
Sometime later, I came in contact with Vangeline France from New York City - the founder of New York Butoh Institute. I invited her to come to the UK and collaborate with me on my new production. Vangeline has kindly spent two weeks here in the UK, working hard training me in the art of Butoh dance. Together we have been creating the gingerbread witch character, and it has been an interesting learning curve for me, but also a lot of fun. I am immensely grateful for her support - not only to the physicality of the job but also towards developing my characters and bring them to life.
BSL Signed Poem and Dance Performance.
Nicole Vivien Watson - Choreographer.
During this performance, a short poem was created and conducted in British Sign Language. The extract titled ' Where is the Full Moon'. Was signed by me while three professional dancers took to the stage, and where we each performed alongside each other.
Once completed, we took a short tour of the North East, Glasgow and London. The first of three taking place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 16th April 2017. The second at the Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed on 22nd April 2017, and finally concluding our tour at the Turner Contemporary, Margate on the 29th April 2017.
20th to 31st March 2017
Acting performance in British Sign Language poems.
Two week project with four professional deaf artist exploring Lindisfarne Holy Island learn history of Viking invaded Holy Island we share ideas and one artist created a painting one created a poems and I was performing on stage acting and signing poem.