DMD

DEAF MEN DANCING

Deaf Men Dancing  is an exciting fusion of contemporary, classical and commercial dance, incorporating sign language, into a rich and diverse movement vocabulary.

Laban Theatre, London
Dates 8 October & 10 October 2019


“Deaf Men Dancing are developing something innovative and exciting in their work”
Dan Slipper BBC Ouch

“Smith’s work isn’t just delightful it is bold and interesting”
The London magazine  

“Mark Smith’s choreography is outstanding”
What’sOn stage 

Mark Smith is the founder and Artistic Director of Deaf Men Dancing (DMD). After choreographing award winning shows  Mark Smith is now at the peak of his skills and hungry to use them as the  artistic director of DMD.  For Greenwich Performs 2019 Mark will reignite the excitement surrounding a company put together by a common thread of being Deaf Male Dancers and challenge perceptions that Deaf people can’t dance. He will bring together four Deaf men, who in the past where just out of college, and now like Mark excel in the work they now do. Choreographer Mark Smith will remix his past work around the topic of “Time” involving a retrospective of Deaf Men Dancing visual narrative & fusion of dance style: Sounds, Hear! Hear!, TEN, Rosa, Embrace, Corazon a’ Corazon, Let us tell you a story. All will reveal how the elements of signing are teased out and drawn into something uniquely beautiful, making incredibly detailed explorations of the various musical scores. 

 


https://youtu.be/YLgS6GkvEEs

Embrace

Two strangers meet for the first time. The only two things that two men are able to embrace each other are through Tango Dance and Sign-Language.


 

Let us tell you a story….

The performance has been inspired by Mark Smith’s investigations of medical museum collections that contain hundreds of objects – from exquisite ear trumpets to conspicuously large hearing aid boxes – and the extraordinary untold stories of the people and events, the innovations and technologies that have shaped Deaf experience and identity through time.


https://vimeo.com/118388388

Hear, Hear!  is a journey that goes through deaf
dancers’ experience of the silent world, the
discovery of new sounds, hearing aids,
communication, sign-language, tinnitus and the acceptance of being deaf.


Corazon a’ Corazon

Inspired by Manuel Puig’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’, and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, ‘Corazón a Corazón’, explores themes of sex, love, passion, betrayal, politics, oppression and power.


 

Rosa is based on William Shakespeare’s As You Like it. There are four ‘Orlandos’ featured in the piece each representing the different sides of Orlando – Lust, Confusion, Anger & Love.


TEN

‘Ten’, inspired by double acts Laurel & Hardy, Reeves & Mortimer, Flanagan & Allen, Morecambe & Wise, Abbott & Costello and Gilbert & George.

Two deaf men arrive with a table and stand on it. They set up their Soapboxes and deliver to the audience their ‘Ten Commandments for Deaf Awareness’ in BSL, mime, physical theatre and dance.


Review

“A bizarre yet addictive choreographic vision from Mark Smith incorporating Ballet/Contemporary/Sign Language”
Ben Kirk, Britevent.com.

“Choreographer Mark Smith brings sign language to the precisely directed movement, which adds an intriguing dimension and yet another of the many layers of detail this show has in spades.”
Broadway Baby Review

“Smith’s work isn’t just delightful – it is bold and interesting. His use of sign language in dance creates a new level of meaning that complements the humour and excitement of the piece.”
The London Magazine

“The choreography is reminiscent of sign language as their movements punctuate the lyrics of the music and I can imagine the simpler sections of the dance becoming a dance craze, emulated by fans everywhere.”
Londondance.com – Sam Gauntlett

“Deaf Men Dancing are developing something innovative and exciting in their work”
Dan Slipper The Ouch! Blog

“One of the most talked-about companies of the evening was Deaf Men Dancing and they did not disappoint”
Celia Moran – Cloud Dance Festival

”Mark Smith’s choreography is outstanding.”

Whats OnStage

“Surely no D’Oyly Carte chorines would have been up to the mark of Mark Smith’s choreography, with graceful sign language to complement all that tripping hither.”The Arts Desk

“Mark Smith’s delightful choreography”

Whatsonstage.com

“Mark Smith’s choreography shows off the cast in an array of styles and blends with the music perfectly, complementing each lyric without becoming too overbearing or unnatural.”
The Public Reviews

“Fabulous ensemble dance routines thanks to choreographer Mark Smith”

Front Row Dress

“Deaf Men Dancing are developing something innovative and exciting in their work”
Dan Slipper, BBC The Ouch


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