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November 20, 2018

After the impressive collaboration and results from last year, I brought back sound artists Chris Bartholomew and Nao Masuda to work on the music for Sign Criminal.
 


Chris Bartholomew is a superb sound designer and DJ whom has worked and toured in live shows for vario...

September 25, 2018


Days Two and Three of studio sessions for SIGN CRIMINAL with Chris, Ariel and myself, at ACE Dance in Birmingham. In these sessions we are focusing on creating new movement together and practicing on the movements we developed on Day One.

Day Two:

Today we are moving...

September 21, 2018

Once again, Deaf dancer Ariel Fung of Hong Kong-based Fun Forest dance crew will be back as one of my collaborative partners on the project, and this time I have decided on bringing in a third collaborator to complete the cast: Chris Fonseca - the highly talented, Lond...

September 17, 2018

Birmingham-based Nathan Marsh is a highly-accomplished professional dancer with a vast knowledge of dance and an incredible skill set that has made him one of the UK’s best choreographers, having featured on TV shows and at events such as the Birmingham International D...

September 10, 2018

In this project I have decided to collaborate with the award-winning, Deaf freelance writer Charlie Swinbourne, well known in the community for his work that includes: writing scripts for plays and TV series, running the popular deaf news site The Limping Chicken, and...

September 3, 2018

In April 2018 I was awarded an Arts Council Grant to further develop the ambitious project I started last year that was commissioned by UNLIMITED, called ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’, which themed upon Surveillance and oppression of Sign Language in a dystopian world.

The...

May 4, 2018

The first of its kind, UNSILENCED is an original track with lyrics “sung” through a combination of sign language and dance. The development of the music and movements required a carefully orchestrated collaboration between deaf dancer Billy Read and electronic duo Haut...

September 20, 2017

These are the last days of R&D studio sessions before we present all our work to an audience. Monday's session focused on linking the scenes together with Matty Gurney's guidance. Tuesday's session was a final polish up on dance with Nathan's assistance, and then a run...

September 13, 2017

Developing our choreography, polishing up our movement and dance in the studio with our choreographer Nathan Marsh and Taiko Drummer Nao Masuda

Present in Saturday and Sunday's sessions were: Ariel Fung (international collaborator), Nathan Marsh (dance choreographer), N...

September 8, 2017

Today we are in the Foyle Studio, experimenting with Lighting, Digital Media and UX, with Chris Cuthbert. We begin our session at 10am.

Present in today's session were: Ariel Fung (International Collaborator), Rachael Veazey (Deaf Explorer), Claire Marshall (Producer),...

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