‘What is Translation?’ seeks to explore communication and how the processes of interpretation and translation are negotiated. Within the D/deaf world many communication channels are instrumental in how, for example, British Sign Language is fully understood. The parameters of this understanding rest upon an agreed use of sign language structures and vocabulary, that involves a complex system of signed and expressed physical movements. ‘What is Translation?’ investigates the complexities of language and our necessity to find a shared understanding of the world around us.

Commissioned by Surface Area Dance Theatre with support from Dance City’s Creative Summer programme.