Dancing inspired by sign language

Auricular - a multi-disciplinary performance art piece inspired by British Sign Language (BSL), sensory processing and communication.
Auricular - a multi-disciplinary performance art piece inspired by British Sign Language (BSL), sensory processing and communication.

Auricular is a multi-disciplinary performance art piece inspired by British Sign Language (BSL).

Performed at the Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick, on April 22, the Surface Area Dance Theatre evokes a sense of being, playing between sensuality, physicality and the sensory.

Surface Area Dance has a formidable reputation for exploring new territory in dance and performance arts and the piece was conceived by the theatre’s director and founder, Nicole Vivien Watson.

Nicole, who also performs in the piece, was inspired by BSL and the ability of facial expressions to communicate emotions to people everywhere.

Auricular portrays the dancers’ feelings and experiences through movement and a live soundtrack courtesy of :zoviet*france who were especially commissioned to create a sound score that specifically encouraged a reaction to sound.

Nicole has spent the last five years training in BSL herself and comments: “British Sign Language is a language of movement, space and expression... I am fascinated by the depth and clarity of a language that does not rely on the spoken word.”

Collaborating artists in the work are principle dance artist Molly Procter, Rachel Jean Birch, and Paul Miller, who is a native BSL user.

Auricular will be performed at 12.30pm and 6pm. Tickets from www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or 01289 330999.