Signdance Collective, pioneers of signdance theatre will celebrate 30 years of their innovative work with a UK and International tour of Carthage/ Cartagena by Caridad Svich.
Signdance Collective’s production of Carthage/Cartagena by Caridad Svich explores the impact on those displaced and isolated by slavery, human trafficking and forced migration. The performance text presents a series of ten multi-lingual letter song-poems from metaphorical places of dislocation. This beautiful work by Village Voice Life Time achievement winner, Caridad Svich is presented by Signdance Collective as a hybrid dance theatre piece incorporating dance, theatre, music and languages both spoken and signed.
Artistic Director, David Bower says:
“Caridad approached us in New York with the script. She felt our working methodology could be right to tackle Carthage/Cartagena as we play with “so many different registers of language”. On reading the script, I was struck by the beauty and wisdom of Caridad’s writing. It encompasses so many different elements that touch upon all our lives, right across the world and all cultures.”
“The structure of the script has echoes of Kerouac’s freehand bravado, Patti Smith’s candour and Alice Walker’s deep humanity. It advocates on behalf of many who often don’t speak the language of the powerful, whose voices often fail to be heard in a world swept by a tsunami of often conflicting, information overload.”
Founded by Isolte Avila and David Bower, Signdance Collective is an award winning international touring performance 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. 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 international tour includes New York’s Theatre Lab ,USA, Kultur In Graz, Austria and Ljubljana, Slovenia at the Ana Desetnica International Festival .
The UK tour of Carthage/Cartagena is funded by Arts Council England and with A Take Part grant from Arts Council Wales.
Performances & Dates
March 14th Middlesex University Preview, by invitation/ request
March 16th,17th,18th 19th – Utopia Theatre, Croydon
For Tickets – https://t.co/5sGW0b375L
March 25th, Un Deg Un, Wrexham
Preview and workshop 2.00pm – 6.00pm
March 31st Wycombe Arts Centre, High Wycombe
Box Office: 01494 445517
(Evening workshops March 27th – March 31st)
June 31st & July 1st Transmitter Performance and Kultur, Graz, Austria
July 2-5, Ana Desetnica, Ljubiliana, Slovenia
July 7th Oxford Playhouse, Taylor Burton Studio Oxford
Box Office: 01865 305305
11-15 July Together Fest, London
July 19-21 Theatre Lab, New York