Deaf Explorer are delighted that Mark Smith’s application to Unlimited has been shortlisted. Mark will be making an full application in February and is currently looking for venues in Uk and overseas to book Hut 8. Arts Council England funded the R & D.
This R&D by choreographer Mark Smith is inspired by Mathematician Alan Turing. Mark will explore the artistic side of Turing with four different ideas. He will bring together Maths, Movement and Music. By learning about Mathematics he will bring Turing’s scientific language into dance. By collaborating with sign language expert he will learn how to show the emotion of Turing’s poetic writing. By working with leading dancers he will devise choreography that shows the inspiration for Turing’s machine, that of his first love Christopher Marcom & use verbatim theatre style to describe discrimination in the sixties and the impact of Turings law (pardon) on the lives of older gay men. In 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an Official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated.”
About Mark Smith
Mark Smith trained at Royal Ballet School and London Studio Centre. “Mark Smith’s choreography is nothing short of incredible” Andrew Tomli. His choreography credits include Paralympic Opening Ceremony – London 2012. “Smith’s work isn’t just delightful – it is bold and interesting” – The London Magazine “ His professional work includes Blood Wedding (Dundee Rep), Marry Me A Little, Peter Pan, Just So and Starting Here, Starting Now (Chichester University), As You Like It (Oxford Shakespeare Company).
Mark Smith is the founder and artistic director of his own dance company Deaf Men Dancing (DMD), who have gained critical acclaim. “Mark Smith’s choreography is outstanding” – Whatsonstage.com; in 2011 DMD were commissioned with visual artist Rachael Gadsden by Bradley Hemmings in collaboration with Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Ardent Hare; “Alive” toured with the Without Walls Festivals in 2011. “Mark produces some of the most unbelievable scenes & moves in a show I’ve ever seen” UK Theatre Network. He has brought his choreography to Graeae shows: The Threepenny Opera (New Wolsey Theatre/Graeae Theatre – Tour Production); Reasons To Be Cheerful (Graeae Theatre – Tour Production). Mark was nominated as Best Choreographer in the Off-West End Awards and the Broadway World UK Awards for Ace of Clubs, Call Me Madam & Iolanthe and Live Theatre & British Theatre for Tommy. “Smith’s work isn’t just delightful – it is bold and interesting” – The London Magazine
If you would like to find out more about this exciting project contact Deaf Explorer