Signdance History & Archive

 History of Signdance Theatre  Major performance works by Signdance Collective’s Directors Signdance Theatre Trust 1986-1999 and Signdance Collective International 2000-Current 

 The Sign Dance Theatre Trust 1986-1999 

 1986 Light Cycle 5 – Choreography Isolte Avila  cast - Jenny Sealy  Tim Morrison Alan Landle and Isolte Avila premiered The Place theatre 

 1988 Children's Project-  Our Town In-Collaboration with The Unicorn Theatre London .Direction Rebecca Lublinski

 1987 –1989-  Enraptured. Choreography –Isolte Avila  premiered Stirling Youth Dance festival ,and The Blackie Liverpool .cast- Golda Dahn , Tony Baynton Isolte Avila Rebecca Lublinski Christoffer De Graal


1990-1991- Since Then Chantalle Nassari Rebecca Lublinski Isolte Avila and Denise Armstrong Based on Te Mayan Bible The Popul Vu

Music- Christoffer De Graal Toured throughout the UK 

1989 – 1992- A Stranger Disintegrates –  Premiered Place Theatre  Choreography Loyd  Newson and Isolte Avila through a  Digital Award.  cast-Golda Dahn , Tony Baynton Isolte Avila Rebecca Lublinski Christoffer De Graal  Arts Council London Funded/ Digital Award  Toured Nationally   


1991 – 1992- Parttraps Premiered at The Place, London choreographed by Royston Maldoom and Isolte Avila   cast - Golda Dahn, Tony Baynton Isolte Avila Rebecca Lublinski Christoffer De Graal  Toured Nationally Supported by Arts Council England



1993-1994- Waiting – Choreography Isolte Avila dancer - Chris Wilks National tour of Venezuela with the British Council and ChoreoArte 

 Premiered CoreoArte – Venezuela 

 1992 –1996 -Lunera   Choreography- Isolte Avila Premiered Battersea Arts Centre/ Gallaudet University Washington DC. cast -   Denise Armstrong  Isolte Avila . Highlights –Toured- internationally 


1992-1994An Angel or The Old Dream Of Flying Choreography- Ismael Ivo- cast Isolte Avila, Denise Armstrong, Rebecca Lublinski Christoffer De Graal  Premiered Dorset Several Venues  Arts Council South West Funded Toured Regionally


1994-1997- What We Want To Say To Juan Jose  Choreography- Isolte Avila Dir – Carl Proctor – cast Isolte Avila , Denise Armstrong  music Christoffer De Graal   Premiered Edinburgh Fringe Festival Toured  Nationally


1994 – 1996 - Let The Painter Sing  Choreography- Isolte Avila Premiered Gallaudet University Washington DC cast Isolte Avila Denise Armstrong  David Bower  Toured Internationally


 1994 -1995- Ferias choreography Isolte Avila dir Joke Menssink with Diagonal Theatre Groep  cast- David Bower, Isolte Avila, Denise Armstrong and Members of Diagonaal  Toured Internationally EU Funded


1995 – 2000 Distant Sisters premiered Manchester Xtrax  Festival cast- Denise Armstrong, Isolte Avila  Music David Praties   Toured Internationally

 1996 Billie Can   Written by David Bower and Kaite Oreille performed at Liverpool Deaf Club and The  Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

1996-1997 Borders and Freeways Premiered at The Ana Desetnica International Festival Choreography –Isolte Avila cast – David B oilower, Wayne Sharples, Stuart Sinclaire, Music Isolte Avila  Shropshire Arts Funded Toured Internationally


1997 Aisha Rising Part 1- Premiered at  Budapest Deaf Arts Festival and Xtrax Festival Choreography Isolte Avila. cast Wayne Sharples, Isolte Avila , David Bower, stuart Sinclaire Music – David Praties  British Council Funded


1996-2000 Answer Me With Silence Choreography –Isolte Avila Dir- Bill Hopkinson    Written By Kaite Oreilly and Isolte Avila. Music- David Praties   premiered –National Tour U.K


 SDCI Signdance Collective International  2000-2017

 2000 – 2005 Caliban And Miranda direction Garry Robson, Choreography Isolte Avila – Transposition of Tempest – David Bower . Premiered at Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival  ) music Luke Barlow. Over 300 performances   Arts Council England Ana Desetnica Festival  Funded


2002-2004- You Hide and Ill Go Blow Up The Generator direction Goro Osojnic/ Cho-Isolte Avila , David Bower 

Premiered at Ambersekii International Youth Theatre School Turkey , and Amsterdam Cameleon Theatre , cast – Isolte Avila , David Bower   music –several artists 100+shows  City Of Amsterdam Funded toured internationally


2003-2006- Aisha Rising direction –Goro Osojnic Music Sially Yalciner , Luke Barlow , Choreography-Isolte Avila, David Bower  cast – Isolte Avila , David Bower   Premiered Holton Lee Dorset UK  over 150 performances  British Council Funded Via Tour 


2005-2009- But Beautiful based on the Life of Art Pepper  Arts Council England Funded

 Dir Garry Robson , Choreography , Ornella D’Agostino cast – Isolte Avila , David Bower and The Luke Barlow Band Arts Council England –Funded  Internationally Toured to over 50 cities   

 2006-2008 Named Space –dir –Goro Osojnik –  Wring Brandon Astor Jones , from incarceration on Death row , Music Luke Barlow, Sihally Yalciner USA Clwyd Theatre  Wales.   Choreography –Isolte Avila – cast- Isolte Avila , David Bower  Premiered Graz International Street Theatre Festival – fiunded by  The Barlow Family 

Dances For A Lost Traveler direction /choreography- Isolte Avila , Primoz Beycek, Ornella D’ Agostino , Music - Luke Barlow , Mark Holub, Liran Donin  Arts Council England Funded    over 150 performances internationally

New Gold (Outdoor) (Cultural Olympiad Programme / Performance )  direction- Goro Osojnic , Choreography-Isolte Avila cast – isolte Avila, Fran Osimani, Laura Goulden, Pedro De Senna, Dexter Hamlett, David Bower. Music Frognal, and Dead Days Beyond Help 250 performances Internationally  Arts Council England and Creative Campus Funded Through Create Compete Collaborate . part Of The London 2012  

2012-2015  Half A Penny & The Other Side Of The Coin – Direction – Pedro de Senna, Dramateurg – David Bower , Cho- isolte Avila , Music- Dead Days Beyond Help . Cast- Francesca Osimani , Laura Goulden, isolte Avila , David Bower , Dead Days Beyond Help . Premiered , Kulturr WerkStaat , Graz and Ethos International Festival Ankara/On International Tour

 2014 Bad Elvis Collaboration with BBC Radio 4 Directed by Susan Roberts

 Irina Kaplan  Isolte Avila David Bower Pedro De Senna

Cast 1 – with Francesca Osimani and Hearns Seabuado

Premiered at BBC Salford 2013

Toured – USA – Miami 2014

Louisiana State University 2014

IRS Theare London Covent Garden 2015

Middle Sex University London 2015


Broken City Wall Street

Collaboration with Popup Theatrics

Choreography and Movement development Isolte Avila & David Bower

21 performances NYC



Carthage  Cartagena By Caridad Svich

Supported by Arts Council England and venue partners

Directors –

Beatriz Cabur

Joke Menssink

Pedro De Senna


Touring Cast- Isolte Avila David Bower Lionel Macauley

International Tour 2017 –


 KulturInGraz (preview)

Middlesex University (premiere)

Utopia Theatre

Tour of North Wales 5 venues

Arts For Everyone High Wycombe

Kultur In Graz Festival

Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival

Oxford Playhouse

Liberty Festival London

TheatreLab New York City

Samarth Mumbai


Touring – R&D 

R&D Artists- Paunika Jones Shane Shambu Hearns Sebuado  Francesca Osimani

2014 -2015  Austria Ligist, Austria & Graz  -

 Watermans Theatre

 Arts For Every One High Wycombe

 Louisiana State University No Passport Conference

San Francisco Deaf Dance Festival

Transmitter Arts Festival Graz Austria

Carovana SMI Italy Culture Festival

2016 –The  Juggling Gypsy


In Between Spaces Graz & Styrian Culture Funded 

Collaboration with Transmitter  Performance

 David Bower Angelina Schwammerlin Isolte Avila

 R&D tour – Cuntra La Cultura – Graz

Samarth Bohpal India

North Wales Tingle Tangle Graz and InTakt Graz