By Caridad Svich
Uk & International 2017 Lost Voices Tour
Directed By Ornella D’Agostino
In- Collaboration with Carovana SMI Sardinia , Theatre Lab NYC and Middlesex University London, Arts Council WilmingtonSigndance Collective's Official Web Site :
The Signdance Collective is a touring performance company that was established in 2001. The company is culturally diverse with a team of experienced deaf and disabled artists at the helm. From 1987 to 2000, the company directors pioneered "signdance theatre", a fusion of sign theatre, dance and live original music. Since 2001, Signdance Collective has continued to evolve signdance theatre initiating international collaborations and working alongside innovative artists, theatre philosophers and performance companies across the world. The directors at Signdance Collective have worked with hundreds of people of all ages throughout the UK and internationally, delivering workshops, and producing new work. The company is one of the first in the world to utilise and introduce the concept of inclusive practice with a specific focus on disability-deaf led team work.
“How do you,(the audience ) see this piece ending? It is still in development, this is research, tell us” No uneasy silence broken only by the voice of the egotist who thinks they should have directed the piece. Instead immediate considered analysis came from the wide range of audience participants ranging in age from teens to 60s. A real discussion ensued with, I noted, the men playing a muted role. The puppet master may be threatened with death, redemption, or becoming a puppet himself in future productions. I have rarely encountered such inclusion of an audience – the collective is completed by that real dialectic.
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