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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 Wilmington  

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 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.

The company's first phase from inception during 1987 through to 2000 was followed by a second phase as a UK based international group from 2001 onward. Whilst remaining consistent to the original mission statement as a core guiding principle that informs all that we do, we continue to create new and original work. Established in London and Amsterdam, the company continues to be a unique, critically acclaimed and innovative international ensemble.  

'SDC produces high-quality work, which is moving, comic, spectacular, and engaging' 

SDC is the dance theatre company born on the margins of society, the integrity of their practice has won much acclaim and praise over three decades. 

Time Out, 
London.                        Mike Jutsum at an SDC event -Peyrots Stolen Dolls - Direction Joke Menssink

 “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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