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What if the entire human body could be a listening instrument, capable of feeling, touching and seeing the colours and textures of sound – and silence – in space? What if the gaps between the sounds were as valuable as the sounds themselves?

The Japanese word Ma () – a gap, pause or interval – is central to choreographer Nicole Vivien Watson’s new work Behind The Face Of A Rock, Throwing Stones. During a research residency in Ise City, the site of one of the most important and prestigious Shinto shrines in Japan – Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine) – as part of the cultural programme for UK in JAPAN 2019-20, Nicole Watson, artistic director of Surface Area Dance Theatre, had the unique opportunity to interact with traditional Japanese culture.

Blending this research with an experiential understanding and knowledge of British Sign Language, D/deaf culture and butoh, Behind The Face Of A Rock, Throwing Stones is an exploration of language, sensation, contemplation and physical expression through movement and wearable technology. In developing the work, performing artists Charlie Dearnley, Christopher Fonseca and Alex Rowland physically interpreted the possibilities of Ma, producing an assertive series of gestures, postures and settlements of physical contact. With set-design by Graham Patterson and sound by Tom White, this work by Surface Area Dance Theatre to be performed at Dance City on Friday 17th September is adaptive to the social and architectural environments in which it is performed.

Explore the pause.

Behind The Face Of A Rock, Throwing Stones is performed at Dance City, Newcastle on Friday 17th September

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