Producer Needed

MonixArts is looking for an enthusiastic and committed producer to develop an ongoing relationship. The producer will work closely with Monica Nicolaides to build an ongoing programme of work and support the development of future works.

We are currently working on a dance film project – based on our latest work ‘SIGNS’ which was supported by ACE – and are looking for a producer who is interested and, ideally, has experience working on filmed projects.They should be interested in making and producing new work. Responsibilities would include partnership building, fundraising and company representation.

Fee: Profit-share

Monica, Artistic Director of MonixArts, has been working as a choreographer and dancer for over 8 years with performing credits including: BSkyB, mapdance, Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Olympics ceremonies, Warner Brothers, Dance Digital, Carpe Diem dance, Torifune Butoh-Sha, Universal Studios, Valentine Pictures, Lionsgate, Tesco amongst others.

Her work was performed at The Place, Lost Theatre, The Blue Elephant Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Zoo, Clarence Mews and was commissioned to choreograph for the University of Cumbria, Third Row Dance and the British Medical Association.

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Signs at Blue Elephant Theatre

Count down begins for our next performance next week! We are so excited to announce that ‘Signs’ is back on stage at The Blue Elephant Theatre on 13th October 2016, 8:00pm.

If you haven’t been able to watch our previous show at the Young Actors Theatre, this is your chance. ‘Signs’ is an exciting dance duet, fusing contemporary dance with British Sign Language. The performance will be followed by a Q&A section where you get the chance to ask the choreographer and the dancers anything you want about the work.

‘Signs’ is supported by Arts Council England, Hiive, Candoco Dance, bbodance and IdeasTap.


Tickets for ‘SIGNS’

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Join MonixArts at a sharing of their latest creation ‘SIGNS’ at the Young Actors Theatre in Islington. Building on Monica Nicolaides’ successes at Resolution!, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Blue Elephant Theatre and The Riley Theatre this “assured and talented choreographer” (Cloud Dance Festival, 2013) has thrown herself into a project centering around the movement of British Sign Language.

‘SIGNS’ has been in creation since last year having an intense development period this summer including sessions with Candoco BSL specialists and a dance workshop at Oak Lodge School Wandsworth for young people with additional support and communication needs.

‘SIGNS’ will be performed on Saturday 3rd September at 7.30pm at Young Actors Theatre, Islington. The Natashas Project will be performing NATASHAS, as part of this exciting evening.

This performance marks the end of this research and development period for Monica and the dancers and the start of the piece’s life outside of the studio.

Tickets are available:







‘Signs’ is an Arts Council England funded project with support from Arch 197, Candoco, Hive and Clarence Mews.

Female Dancer needed for ‘Signs’

Looking for 1 female contemporary dancer for Research & Development phase of “Signs”. Must be have 3 years of professional training or equivalent. Experience in British Sign Language is an advantage.

This project is looking at the importance of body language in BSL, fusing contemporary dance and British Sign Language.

Rehearsals dates between: 9th August – 30th September 2016

Performance in September 2016.


This a PAID opportunity based Equity rates.

To apply please email your CV with headshot and showreel by 14th July 2016 18:00. Please state your experience with BSL. Applications without a showreel will not be considered.

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Hand Me That Sound Finale!

So here we are, at the end of the Carlisle experience. The post-show day where I am back in London and the Hand Me That Sound project has been completed. 3 performances with 17 dancers onstage. Over 150 audience members, and excellent feedback on the work.

They worked hard, they did well on stage. A select number standing out (as expected in every show), with the rest being equally as strong. They work well as a team.

The story is strong and powerful. Now it can be developed into something bigger. Viewing this as stage #1 of the development process, it was a strong and dare I say successful stage #1. Leaving a few emotional audience members in tears (a complete surprise on my part, but also welcoming), the feedback was extremely useful for developing this work further.

The performers were an excellent group to work with and they should be proud.

Now back in Londonville we are getting ready for the next project!

Time for a well deserved rest


Week #8: Production week and 3 shows

The count down has began.

Monday began with the team taking on their technical roles. Lighting, sound, props, costume, set, backdrops, wings. All happening at the same time. We were in at 9 (well actually, THEY were in at 9, I was in the train somewhere near Lancaster at that time heading for Stanwix Theatre), we didn’t leave until 8pm. 11 hours, 1h lunch break, 2 30mins breaks.

I am impressed with their work ethic and how they all collaborated to get things done.

Tuesday was all about the lights. The lighting team knew it was crunch time for them. The others knew this had to be perfect. Plotting lights for 5-6 hours. A long lengthy process, which I thoroughly enjoy. We ended the day with a tech run. It went well, for a tech run. This is usually the moment I panic.

The first time a show is transferred from the studio to the stage. Will it, will it not work? It’s been a few days, what will it look like? I become a blank face with no expression (to the untrained eye), as I am busy writing notes. They good thing: they are used to it. The better thing: they know what I’m going to say.

Wednesday came and it was all about the show being on stage. It has to be good; well better than good. It has to be great! Why? Because we worked hard, because it’s an all or nothing show. Because it relies on them performing it great (as I know they can). Because if it doesn’t we won’t look good (and it would be a shame, because they can be great).

So here we are, Thursday before curtain call. The dress went OK. Yesterday went OK. Tonight should be better, because they are better than OK. I’m crossing my fingers, I’m staying quiet about my worries (because now is the time to build up their confidence rather than worry them about details), and am ready to give them a pep talk because they deserve it. And regardless, I’m proud of them. I just hope they are proud of themselves now.

Week #7: Rehearsal period over.

Today was the last rehearsal day with my cast of 17 performers. Our last class and last studio run through of the show. The set is done. Lighting and sound cues are set and costume is finalised.
6 days till curtain call. This was an exciting time. It is inspiring to work with new talent, create ideas from scratch and really dig deep into BSL. Many moments of slight “torture” (mostly from me to them), i.e. class, drills and conditioning, unexpected developments of broken toes, pulled muscles and illnesses, alongside the victorious ball game of two teams, experimentations of hit and miss.

Watching them today, they have improved and come so far in only 7 weeks. Raw talent that is slowly developing. Now it’s a matter of making sure that it transfers and develops onstage.
I can’t wait to see the performance in the theatre next week. If they keep going as they have been, they will do me proud.

Further, we managed to raise money for Deaf awareness week in support to our show.
If you’re around Carlisle next Thursday-Saturday, come watch Hand Me That Sound at the Stanwix Theatre at 5:00pm (14th and 16th May) and 7:30pm (15th May).

Week #5: Choreo almost there

Despite my temptation to move rehearsals outside in the ‘small field’ by the studios last week, it has been a hectic couple of days. 

Progress.. 3/4 of the choreography is finalised – technically is more like 90% of it done with only some linking scenes missing – and 60% of the sound score is complete. The energy was booming, something I love witnessing when everyone is buzzing in the studio. It’s amazing what a bit of sunshine can do to you!

Production is well underway, with costumes essentially finalised, props almost finished, and marketing pushing hard. ‘Hand me that Sound’ tickets are available, and if you would like to know more about the performances take a look at Hand me that Sound.

Cannot believe how fast this process is going. Yet, I’m enjoying every minute of it. (The luxuries of having a studio to yourself for full 8 weeks). Till next week peeps.

Keep signing!


Week #4: Back at Carlisle after Easter

Week #4 is already done and dusted. It definitely went quick! The disease day after the holidays is always a bit of a slow one, but luckily a good contemporary class in the morning woke everyone up, ray for work.

Good news: progress is slow and steady with more than half the show ready. Music is found, plot is set, and we are half way there.
Better news: with the work being about BSL, we wanted to raise money for Deaf Awareness Week as it coincides with the performance dates. Hand Me That Sound is included in the Deaf Awareness Events. So if you’re in Carlisle 14-16th May, come and watch the show at Stanwix Theatre.

Till next week, keep smiling at the sunshine peeps!


Week #3: Powering through before the Easter break

Morning class every day? Check!

Casting roles? Check.

Production meeting? Double check.

Sore bodies, tired muscles, brain overworked and counting down the days till the weekend? Triple check!

The last two weeks have been crazy; hectic. This week is panning to be even more chaotic. Kind of the last push before the holidays. Everyone’s been working hard, and we have our second production meeting tomorrow. The good thing: it is so amazing to have help with sorting out set, lighting, sound and costumes. The bad thing: they need so much information and that is still in the making! Argg, pressure for me to have answers.

There is progress, quite a lot actually. I just hope this doesn’t disappear in the next two weeks. I have to admit though, the best thing about being up here is the green for miles, the fresh air and the unexpected sunshine.

Till next time, keep on rockin.