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.

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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.

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 #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!

Monixx

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