Carthage Aprodi Fest
© Photo by: Carovana SMI Sardinia
A photograph from Signdance Collective International depicting two women entwined on a white floor.
© Photo by: Graz Kultur
A photograph depicting a woman lying on a concrete path playing a flute.
SDC with Iron Heel Collective
© Photo by: Graz Kultur photo IHC
A photograph of an open air performance. There are four performers in a range of poses, and two large puppet heads with black cloaks to the left of the photograph. In the background is a wall and trees.
Signdance Collective International was established as a platform to further the art form signdance theatre through international collaborations. SDCI are the pioneers of this art form which is a fusion of dance theatre, live music, and international sign language.
SDCI utilises film and the creative digital media in its work, and also engages with the street theatre arts.
SDCI exists to develop creatively brilliant, innovative performances working with an inclusive and diverse ensemble.
The company which tours from the second week of March to the start of November is co-directed by a deaf and disabled culturally diverse team of performer/directors working in close collaboration with artists such as Caridad Svich (USA) Goro Osojnik (Slovenia) Ethos International Festival (Turkey) and Omni Zona Franca (Cuba) Carovana SMI, Sardinia.
The Team consists of Isolte Avila (Cuba) Pedro De Senna (Brazil) Paunika Jones(USA) Antoine Hunter (USA)Margarite Kaplan(USA) Angelina Schwammerlin(Austria) Jane Jutsum(London) David Bower (Wales) Zoe Partington Zollinger (UK).
Dance/Creative Director - International Collaborations
Signdance Collective International
Wycombe Arts Centre
Desborough Road London HP112PU
Duration: 75 minutes no interval
Description: Carthage/Cartagena is set in an imagined despoiled landscape that brings to mind the ancient city of Carthage. The play on words in the Spanish language is 'carta gena', which translates literally as 'letter from afar'. The performance text Carthage/Cartagena is a series of ten multi-lingual letters and song-poems from metaphorical places of dislocation.
Extra information: Middle scale
Can be performed in set locations, outdoors and in theatres
Live Music - 1 amplifier
Projections - the company carries one projector but needs two projectors
Lights - adaptable
Outdoor - no projectors and can be done in day or evening
The work is adaptable and the company uses its own access person inclusive within the company members. Two deaf, two hearing and one disabled performer.
People on road: 5
Freight details: n/a
Duration: 20 minutes
Description: Here 2008, made in Istanbul, is a 20-minute signdance duet choreographed by Primoz Bayzac - Slovenia.
It is a conversation between a man and a woman who are in the process of a breakup.
The detail is in the construction of the signdance work.
All the sentences they say are woven in signdance/contact .
It is a beautiful piece especially made for the company directors - Isolte Avila and David Bower - and has toured throughout the world.
You can view excerpts in the company showreel provided above.
The included film was made in Turkey by Caglar Kimyoncu.
Extra information: This piece is an excellent introduction to signdance and the form.
It uses live camera and film but can, and has been, toured outdoors in many different situations.
People on road: 2
Freight details: n/a
Duration: 30 minutes each
Description: Signdance Theatre for Children & Familes . These wonderful collaborations based on the Dr Seuss Stories anre produced in collaboration with Sardinia company-- Carovana SMI and feature an international cast and are performed multilingually and in international sign , with live intergrated music dance coontemporary clowning and excellent story-telling.
Extra information: The shows are available to tour in gardens , school playgrounds , forests , and street theatre - courtyards.
People on road: 4
Freight details: n/a
Workshops on performance skills and making signdance, invite the participants to explore signdance theatre in their own terms. They utilise the talent of the individual and group enabling the participants to gain skills.
A three-day to one-week residency with SDCI can develop a signdance theatre work utilising live music, signdance and theatre as well as film.
The company works well in higher education settings and international settings
‘Hypnotic, Poetic and Unruly, Signdance Collective represents the un-governable energy of art itself, railing and raging against tyranical forces.. Beautiful to behold’Caridad Svich NO PASSPORT – Gallitin /New York University New York City
‘Signs Of Brilliance’ Time Out
Intoxicating and rousing work’ Martin Hochgegger Graz December 2015
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