SIGNS is a contemporary dance piece, fusing contemporary dance with British Sign Language. Performed by two female dancers, this exciting and intricate duet takes inspiration from Colin Tompson's poem 'If I told you I was deaf would you turn away'. Accompanied by an originally composed music score, it is a highly physical performance that explores the importance of body language in British Sign Language, and the barriers of a deaf person trying to communicate in a hearing world.
SIGNS is an Arts Council England funded project with support from Arch 197, Candoco, Hive and Clarence Mews.
March 2016 - Blue Elephant Theatre, London
September 2016 - Young Actors Theatre, London
June 2017 - OFFBEAT Festival, Arts at the Fire Station, Oxford
Reviews for SIGNS (2016)
"Heywood and Sanchez perform tightly woven choreography with technical assurance. They create a dynamic that captures the fermenting tension when good intentions slip between the cracks of misunderstanding. Nicolaides uses Heywood and Sanchez with a nuanced calligraphy, fostering a intricate clarity between the two languages. " (Phillipa Newis, 2016)