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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/signs-tickets-27123627500?aff=efbevent

 

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‘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.

Email | monica@monixarts.com

Post Summer Blues

It might have been a while since our latest update, but things never seem to stop. Hand Me That Sound had a successful premiere at Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle, receiving some fantastic reviews from the audience.

Meanwhile, our Artistic Director Monica Nicolaides, had already started preparations for our next commitment. This time, a different approach was taken. A commercial event for the British Medical Association, in Liverpool. A 60s Mad Men Theme, and we went with some good old fashioned Rat Pack and Jazz music. The event was exciting, unique, fun. With 6 dancers in an amazing venue, in one of my favourite cities in the UK.

When one show ends, another is already on the way. And while summertime is when we take a small break to enjoy the sunshine, we came back to admin work. Commissions, applications, accounting, organising and many more. The website was updated, videos were edited and uploaded, photos were sorted and will shortly be added to www.monixarts.com.

Now, back from the summer holidays we are excited to announce that Monica Nicolaides has been commissioned to create a new work for Third Row Dance Company this term. So excited to begin rehearsals with them!

Here’s to a great start for September and hoping for more to come.

If you are looking for a choreographer and/or dancers for upcoming events, email: info@monixarts.com. We are always available for bespoke performances.

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

Monixxx

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 #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.

Monixx

Featured Choreographer of the month

Things have been quite busy the last few months, hence apologies for not keeping MonixArts as updated as it should be. But some fantastic news had to be shared!

MonixArts’ artistic director and choreographer, Monica Nicolaides, is this month’s featured choreographer for Dance UK. Monica met Alice Firth at Dance UK office in Bermondsey, last week for an interview, discussing her path into choreography and her creative process.

To read the interview follow the link below:

http://www.danceuk.org/uk-choreographer-directory/featured-choreographers/monica-nicolaides/

Great way to start off the holiday season!