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Signdance 2013 Spring Tour / 21 April 2013

Signdance Collective's 2013 United States East Coast tour  Of Half A Penny and The Other Side Of The Coin   a phenominal success.

 Happy Spring!

Signdance Collective's 2013 -Tour started with performances in New York City at the No Passport Conference / New York University on February 28th and March 1st

We were also invited to deliver workshops and took part in the conference it self at New York University.

Dead Days Beyond Help (Our in-house band) also played two gigs whilst in the city at Death By Audio . Fabulous! .

We were amazed and pleased that all the shows and workshops were packed out!

When booking the tour , I was filled with nerves . How could our little company , which has no real finacial support pull off a USA tour?

I was so wrong! we were swamped with requests for the company's work. We performed in Philadelphia with the lovely Johnny Cresendo, our home stop to Disability Arts ! Then to North Carolina where we packed both theatres with 800 + audiences in Fayetteville. We are soon to co-produce a big project with Dexter Hamlett and James Bozian of the The Fayetteville Arts Project 

The N.C experience ended with  performing at the very cool Juggling Gypsy Cafe in Wilmington North Carolina(A Hooka Bar) again, a sold out show !


To the company's dismay , we had to finally travel to Miami Florida , where I partially grew up .

And, amongst the sunshine,the Cuban food of my birth-place , the friendly warm , sensuous, and hospitable Cuban , American, Jewish, Puerto-Rican and multy -mix which is Miami, we managed to deliver (oh , so difficult after lovely swims at South Beach) a series of performances x6! and a workshop programme ! The organizer for this leg of the tour was a complete magician.

I guess you could say we had a wonderful time . Thanks to all the company for producing such amazing work ! What energy , talent and  enthusiasm ! We are returning for collaborations and more in 2013 and 2014 , so watch this space

We then toured to Ankara , our regular Spring Tour Stop in Turkey . Our audiences there are growing steadily and  both shows were at 100% capacity .

We performed Half A Penny And The Other Side Of The Coin , which we partially developed with the Ethos Festival . The audience in Turkey is so responsive and loyal to SDC's work, and it is always heart -warming to be there . Our organizers are wonderful and have a great joy in the development of the Festival .

We had several meetings with Central European/ and Turkish partners as well for  forward development  , over dinner , shows, wine , and finally celebrating our artistic director's birthday . Anyone for a shot of tequila ?

So not a bad start to the year !

So here we are in the U.K !!!!

We will be performing our Arts Council England Funded  Research / development Piece - ' Peyrots Stolen Dolls ' Based on The Love Of Seven Dolls ,.On the evening we will also be performing 'The Other Side Of The Coin'

Performance is at 7:30pm- May 10th at Bucks New University / Theatre Studio Queen Alexandra Road High Wycombe , HP112JZ. Its also  UKDeaf Awareness Week , so come along and celebrate !

Tickets are £5 inc a glass of wine , or tequila ? reserve a ticket-

See Ya'll around !

Next stop NYC , North Carolina, and The company will be performing in Amsterdam on June 14th , Austria performance  Festival and films , and finally back in the USA for August .

Lotts and Lotts comin' up !!! Isolte Avila , your Cuban Barmaid!