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Communique: "SignDance Collective Int'l" Joins Hearing + Deaf, Disabled + Abled Performing Artists

Isolte Avila

A group called SignDance Collective International (SDCI) is coming to town to share their work in dance, theatre, and music with differently-abled performers. SDCI was created by Isolte Avila and David Bower in 2001. Avila has a physical disability, Bower is profoundly deaf; they have created a diverse performance group after developing SignDance Theatre in the late 1980s.  The group will be undergoing rehearsals for a new piece called Carthage: A Letter From Afar (Carthage is not pronounced how you'd think). Workshops are also available: Folks who just want to dip their toes in and see what it's all about can take Basic Sign Theatre, while those who would like to commit a little more time and effort can join the Creative Devising Workshop, in which a performance is created.

Open rehearsals for Carthage are from 1:00pm-5:00pm Tuesday, 8/30 - Friday, 9/2, plus a preview of the performance on Saturday evening, 9/3. Stay tuned for more details, we'll talk to the group when they arrive in Wilmington on August 30th.

Basic Sign Theatre Workshops. 10:00am-11:30am on Tuesday, 8/30 & Thursday 9/1. Take one or both of these workshops.
Credit SDCI
Antoine & Paunika from Sign Collective

Creative Devising Workshop (attend all for performance at end): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (8/30-8/2) 5:00 pm-7:00 pm & Saturday, 9/3, 10:00 am-Noon.

Credit SDCI
David Bower

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