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 VuMusic- 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

1992-1994- An 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

1997 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

2009-2012 - 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

2010-2012 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


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


Broken City Wall Street

Collaboration with Popup Theatrics

In 2016 SDC joined Pop Up for Broken City Wall Street in 2016

Choreography and Movement development Isolte Avila & David Bower

21 performances NYC

2017/2018 current Zsongs In Between spaces

Collaboration with Transmitter Performance with 73 Degree Films

David Bower Angelina Schwammerlin Isolte Avila

2017 R&D Zsongs tour – Cuntra La Cultura – Graz

Samarth Bohpal India North Wales Tingle Tangle Graz and InTakt Graz

2018 current Please Visit The ProjektZ Platform Arts Council England

The Turtle Trials 2018 -Current Direction Barbara Bulatovic and Mike Gould Arts Council Wales

Producers -R&D Wendy Paintsil

Production & Pilot tour Robert Corcoran

Partners Ucheldre Centre