Signdance Collective’s new show is extraordinarily original and enthralling!
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'I have just recently returned from seeing Signdance Collective's performance of Half a Penny with the soul ripping notes of Alex Ward's live accompaniment still in echoing in my head. The energy and passion of the performers is so strong it reaches out, grabs you and doesn't let go. Ripped up political speeches, oppression, fear and ofcourse "confidence" with jabs of humour thrown in...a very thought evoking piece and beautifully performed.
Sign is such a beautiful language, and to see it taken as the core of the movement and pulled, twisted and caressed into such expressive dance was amazing to watch. It doesn't matter if you are hearing or D/deaf, a signer or not, Signdance Collective'work is accessible to anyone and everyone. See it and experience it. Emma Shaw
I feel that it is about oppression and breaking out of the system, striving towards self confidence and the acceptance and understanding of difference. It is about the capacity of the human spirit to change and grow. The beauty of SignDance Collective is that I'm still thinking about what the performance meant to me - I was moved and wanted to see it again, to find another layer of meaning. The dancing is beautiful and full of emotion. The combination of sign and dance makes this performance charged with meaning.
This is definitely a unique and exciting night out, not to be missed. a unique and exciting night out, not to be missed!
Elizabeth Ward Remote Goat/ DAO
Dear SDC ,What can I say ? I thought last night was amazing ..It made me laugh, cry, think, ..dance even.I had a wonderful evening. The amazing work you are doing is unique and extremely important. I caught my train and got home at midnight with a warm glowfrom your show. Keep me in touch with anything new.
Sue Roberts - Executive Producer BBC Drama North
World renowned SignDance Collective's New Gold, is a hilarious take on the Olympics and Paralympics and what it means to win, or attempt to win. The characters were both slightly unhinged, with their desperation to win and gain the applause of the audience, and almost cartoonish, emphasising the disparity between winning 'gold' and the need for everyone to feel wanted and accepted. The actors skipped between dance battles and signed songs, with the compere breaking up fights yet encouraging competition.
The characters are all distinct and colourful - there is an English contestant, played by Laura Goulden, who fawns over the audience and invites applause, whilst there is an Italian thief, played by Francesca Osimani, who is always dropping stolen pound notes on the floor. David Bower plays a Welsh contestant, who is constantly begging the audience for money. The Cuban character, played by Isolte Avila, was stunning - wearing the beautiful red shoes in the poster!
The performance was in turns funny, strange and exciting - the mix of physical theatre, sign, dance and comedy challenged the audience and was unlike anything I have seen before. The performance is a fusion of different sign languages and speech, as well as music - making for a truly multi-lingual experience. In the end, the race for 'gold' becomes something else - perhaps it looks towards a society where everyone feels accepted - a society that isn't so focused on competition and 'winning' money, gold and fame. Lizzie Ward DAO and Remote Goat
.... The work – because it is great has “mass” appeal speaks for itself and that is what is fantastic
Esther Appleyard director ACCENTUATE
Artistic director David Bower may be familiar to moviegoers as Hugh Grant’s deaf, and wonderfully honest, brother in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and with this company he is no less honest, in fact almost ruthlessly so. What he sets out to achieve in the most compelling of these four pieces is an expression of the inner journey he had to make in order to reconcile himself to “the Noise” - the tinnitus he has suffered since 1986 following an Indie gig. In this uncompromising performance he seems to become the sounds in his own head at the same time as trying to cast them out. It is as if a devil has taken root behind his eyes and he is determined not to be driven mad. Unforgettable. Providing a dizzying background to this is some excellent live rock music (courtesy of Luke Barlow) and in the first half of the evening singer/songwriter Alex Ward also performs several splendidly abrasive songs of his own, accompanied by his own electric guitar and “sign theatre” from Isolte Avila ......Whats On Stage In London