Surface Area Dance Theatre
For the past nine years our company members, collaborators and participants have contributed to developing an original movement language that is formed by identity, this reflecting the creative and social inspirations of our company. We have achieved this by dedicating ourselves to periods of intensive research and development, the presentation of work through live performance, connecting with our immediate and wider communities, cross – disciplinary collaborations and international exchanges.www.surfacearea.org.uk
Nicole Vivien Watson
Creative Director - Founder and Director of Surface Area Dance Theatre. Nicole is a passionate learner, who places investigation at the centre - point of practice, her process is interdisciplinary and when asked to describe her interests, she consistently refers to an understanding and informed perception of Butoh - which encompasses a diverse spectrum of philosophy, performance and socially concerned activities. Equal to her knowledge of Butoh, is a persistent consideration of non - verbal communication, specifically British Sign Language. Both components of attention hold an importance within her practice, that Nicole describes as “Luminous pillars which support continued personal and professional development”.www.surfacearea.org.uk/direction/
Adam Denton is a trans-disciplinary musician, independent researcher and facilitator. These combined activities have seen him present work through the UK, Europe and Japan with collaborative projects such as Trans/Human and Project Godie. He is a co-director of The Old Police House, an experimental music studio and community venue in Gateshead, UK.
Choreographer and Performing Artist - Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline's work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”), Los Angeles Times, (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist”)
Performing Artist - Molly studied dance and choreography at Northumbria University, UK during this time she also travelled to New York to train with Risa Steinburg at the Limon Institute. In 2010 Molly collaborated with Surface Area Dance Theatre to create Dust performed in April (2011) as part of Gateshead International Festival of Theatre and then later in June at La MaMa ETC, NYC as part of La Mama's International Festival of Dance. Reparation shortly followed where she performed a solo work accompanied by No Neck Blues (NYC) in The Castle Keep, a medieval landmark of Newcastle upon Tyne.
She collaborated again with Surface Area Dance Theatre to create Auricular (2013) performed at Baltic39 and the rework in 2014 performed at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Molly is a teacher for the Centre For Advanced Training (CAT) programme based at Dance City, in Newcastle, which is part of a national network of institutions delivering non-residential, pre-vocational, professional dance training.
Since forming in Sheffield in 2011, Trans/Human have appeared in a variety of EU and non-EU countries, collaborating across an extensive range of disciplines, contexts and locations.Their most recent activities, focussing on the use of micro and macro broadcast media in performance, have included a presentation of RE/CEPTOR at TUSK Festival 2014 and a number of self/co-organised residencies investigating the possibilities and limits of the touring act. It is via their ongoing itinerant project The Audacious Mobile Research Library, named after and acknowledging the organisation that spawned them, that Trans/Human aim to keep the fire of The Audacious Art Experiment community stoked. Trans/Human continue to release sonic output via traditional reproduction methods.
Textile Artist and Costumier - Katerina’s practice includes designing textiles and artworks commissioned by various fashion houses, including: Marimekko, Mira Mikati and Rachel Comey. Paralleling her commercial creations, she remains committed to developing her individual artistic practice, her work begins from observations and acceptance of feelings and her choice of materials is unlikely, for example photocopies of fabric- the stain of a coffee cup, the smudge of an old shoe, she commands the material in an effort to create patterns and shapes suggestive of emotional states, believing this creates a visual vocabulary, where by the graphic mark-making, is an important form of communication that carries a deeper dialogue.
Filmmaker and Photographer - Throughout Aaron’s work he explores the infrastructure and mechanics created by political policy and economics and how they influence contemporary society and affect human condition. His personal works start as academic, institution or commercial collaborations with final production and presentation of works ranging from large-scale gallery installation to site-specific interventions and publications.To achieve this he employs a range of Trans-media incorporating Film, Photography, Sound, Performance, Text and Sculpture.
Ant’s creative output over the past four years has been marked by a shift in emphasis away from exhibiting and towards possibilities beyond the walls of the gallery. This period has seen him create: public art, music, poetry, writing, performance, theatre, illustration and publications. His research continues to engage with religious and philosophical structures. The outcomes of which, can range from sincere to occasionally satirical. While the modes of his production are varied, drawing continues to play a central role in the development of his work on and off the page.
Public Relations Coordinator - Lucy has almost 15 years' experience in marketing and communications in the arts sector and beyond, having worked with internationally-renowned Hull Truck Theatre Company, Auckland Theatre Company in New Zealand, Middlesbrough Cultural Services, Northumberland Lights Festival, Northern Print, Brinkburn Music Festival, NewcastleGateshead Comedy Festival, Grinning Idiot Comedy Club, Bare Toed Dance, playwright Janet Plater, Northumbria University's faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences and many more. This is the second time she has worked with Surface Area Dance Theatre having managed the PR for The Hard Sell at Dance City in 2011. She currently works for national charity Home Group as Marketing Manager.
A SURFACE AREA DANCE THEATRE CIC PROJECT
We are a limited company registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) on 14th May 2007. Company number 6245579