Signdance Collective (SDC) is a touring performance company based at Wycombe Arts Centre. SDC was established in 2001. The core of the company is culturally diverse with a team of experienced deaf and disabled artists at the helm.
Between 1987 and 2000, the company directors pioneered “signdance theatre”, a fusion of sign theatre, dance and live original music. Since 2001, Signdance Collective has continued to evolve signdance theatre by initiating national and international collaborations and working alongside innovative artists, theatre philosophers and performance companies across the world.
Signdance Collective has worked with hundreds of people of all ages throughout the UK and internationally, delivering workshops and producing new work. The company is one of the first in the world to introduce the concept of inclusive practice with a specific focus on diverse disability deaf-led teamwork. The company is made up of artists with Caribbean, European, African, and British backgrounds who are deaf, physically disabled, and blind, sighted, hearing and non-disabled.
The work is in demand internationally and nationally. Between 2018 and 2019, SDC collaborated with several established organizations as well as emerging companies and artists across the world such as Ana Monro Slovenia, Kate Lawrence’s Vertical Dance UK and FormidAbiliity UK. The company has strong and developing partnerships, both nationally and further afield.
SDC is known for mixing art forms to create “innovative and creatively brilliant performances” (Diversity Awards, BBC). The company develops the art form of signdance theatre through ensemble work, creating both small works and large community ensemble international pieces of signdance. SDC embraces working across a wide theatrical ecology, from traditional theatre, studios to large-scale staged arenas, at outdoor festivals and as street theatre. Since its origins, diversity has been at the heart of the company’s work and with an accessible and cosmopolitan nature, SDC forges real engagement with a range of diverse artists involved in the creation of the work.
In Between Spaces: www.projektzplatform.com
”What are these in-between spaces now? Technology allows us to seem to be in more than one place at once, air travel moves us across continents and oceans, so we can experience different cultures almost at the push of a button. These innovations should make us empathize so much more with each other as humans as we get to know and understand our differences, and yet brutal wars and injustice persist. How we navigate this fast-changing world and really connect to each other is the stuff of this new work.” – Kate Lawrence, Movement Director
Social Link is an amazing local charity that provides social clubs and day opportunities for adults with a learning disability.
They run all sorts of groups where people can meet, develop independence skills and enjoy weekly activities.
They use the Cafe Space regularly and have been helping to bring the place alive, from their drop-in Social Link Cafe to their ongoing upcycling, which helps to breathe new life into old furniture.
The Social Link team has also been instrumental in revitalising our gardens, something that all of our guests can enjoy in the summer months and during outdoor events.
As well as growing their own produce (including tasty tomatoes and a varied herb garden), they’ve built decorative Bug Hotels and festooned the gardens with painted rocks and other goodies.
Stop by and take a wander around during your next visit!
Drop by on Wednesday mornings for tea, coffee and a great atmosphere as Social Link volunteers develop their practical skills in this cafe setting.
Great for individuals with their carers or social groups with disabilities, this welcoming environment is uniquely heart-warming on a Wednesday!
Every cup of tea helps to support both the Arts Centre and Social Link, and it’s all valuable training to help
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