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.
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).
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.
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.
MonixArts is delivering a full day residency at Flash in the Attic, in Chester. It is an excellent opportunity for professional dance and graduates to take part in a contemporary dance masterclass and gain an insight of the company’s repertoire and creative process. The workshop looks at Monica Nicolaides’ movement style, offering participants the opportunity to learn part of the repertoire of Survival of the Fittest and its new work in progress Unspoken Words.
For more information and to book you place, please contact Flash in the Attic:
MonixArts is extremely happy to announce that it will be performing in Edinburgh Fringe 2013!
It’s exciting times, taking small steps one at a time, and we want you to be part of it! If you are in Edinburgh this August, come down to Sweet Venues and join us as part of our audience for our first double bill Survival of the Fittest.
Performances are at Sweet Venues from 1st-11th August 2013.
Tickets will soon be available through the Edinburgh Fringe Website www.edfringe.com.
We are currently working very hard to make sure the work is the best it can be. You can be part of our production process by Liking MonixArts on Facebook and Following us on Twitter. We will soon be holding workshops and classes, where you can train with us and learn part of the Survival of the Fittest‘s repertoire. Also, rehearsal videos and bloopers soon to follow. We want you to share your thoughts about the work with us.
16th January is gone and pass. Nu.V.Na premiere has already happened and now is time to take a couple of days off from all the hard work and rest.
MonixArts would like to thank everyone that came along at The Place on Wednesday 16th January to support us. We were so happy to see friends and followers there as there is no show without an audience.
Reviews are out any day now, but nevertheless we would love to hear from you what you thought about it. 16th January may have been the first performance of Nu.V.Na but we certainly don’t want it to be the last and we all know that perfection does not exist. Thus, your feedback will actually help us target what needs improvement so that the next performance of Nu.V.Na and any other work is even better than before.
So first of all, a MASSIVE thank you to our wonderful dancers: Tiffany Atkinson, Hayley Chilvers, Karin Floengard and Isabel Slingerland. You have been wonderful to work with up to know and rehearsals with you lot was a treat.
Secondly, special thanks to a fantastic composer, Zory Burner – loved the music -, and to very talented fashion designer, Rachel Eleftheriou, who knows firsthand the chaos that comes with putting up a show.
A warm thank you to our lighting designer, Alistair Nicholson, you really know how to work the lights!
Finally, special thanks to everyone who supported us throughout the creative process, our followers on Twitter and Facebook and most importantly the audience who made the evening of 16th January.
So, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@MonixArts) and Facebook (MonixArts). Your opinions matter to us, so please send over feedback and any suggestions you would like us to look at.
Workshops and further performances to follow soon!