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.
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!
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 #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!