Bringing together language, sensation, contemplation, and physical expression through movement and wearable technology, Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones is adaptive to each social and architectural environment in which it is performed. The work explores the concept of using the entire body as a listening instrument, capable of feeling, touching, and seeing the colours and textures of sound, sound in space, and silence.
Throughout the work, dancers perform with SubPacs, a form of wearable technology that translates sound into vibrations. This improves accessibility by creating an environment that is equally shared while inviting each participant to reexamine their perspectives of and relationships to sound. All dancers, both d/Deaf and hearing, wear a SubPac to foster a unified relationship to sound, movement, and the performed choreography. A number of SubPacs will also be available for the audience to try, whether d/Deaf or hearing.
The project is supported by the Four Nations International Fund, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, Tokyo Council and the British Council artists-in-residence at Ise Grand Shrine for UK in JAPAN 2019-20, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, and the Barbican (UK),
As ambassadors for the Deaf community, Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC are committed to promoting equality by building awareness and an understanding of Deaf culture, art and language through their work. They deliver a diverse range of artistic and socially engaged activities, including a free, GSL accessible 2-hour workshop at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation on Tuesday 22nd of November from 16:00-18:00. Led by Choreographer Nicole Vivien Watson and Sound Artist Tom White, participants will be introduced to SubPac wearable technology and experience a range of techniques and considerations supporting the exploration of media and technology in the arts.
*Workshop events are supported by Greek Sign Language interpreters