behind the face of a rock throwing stones

December 2018 the first of four periods of studio research took place in Leeds, (UK) during which, the named collective began the first chapter of their shared journey. The opening or gateway, to the collective’s coming together, was supported by the introduction of the Japanese concept of 'Ma' - which can be translated as a gap / pause / interval. Together the collective began to physically interpret the possibilities of Ma, responding with an assertive series of gestures, postures and settlements of physical contact — Instigated by the proposition of using the entire body as a listening instrument, capable of feeling, touching and seeing the colours and textures of sound, sound in space and in silence.

graham patterson - visual artist  


Photographs 1-5 (Paul Miller) setting up equipment prior to rehearsals. Concertina booklet - film exposures, chronologically documenting the research week.

Company members included in the research and presentation of Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones are; Director, Nicole Vivien Watson, Performing Artists; Charlie Dearnley, Christopher Fonseca and Alex Rowland, Set design by Graham Patterson and Sound by Tom White.


Behind the Face of a Rock, Throwing Stones, exists as an enquiry and process of choreographic research, that is centred upon an experiential understanding and knowledge of British Sign Language, D/deaf culture, Japanese culture and Butoh. Language, sensation, communication and physical expression through movement, and wearable technology, are five of the principle interests that will be researched throughout events taking place during 2019-2020.

images 1-4 Second research week at Dance City Newcastle - August 2019. 5-7 printed and laser-eched research material. 8-12 film images of Alex Rowland, reflected in mirror film, overlaid with bleached, burned film and colour cellophane .