david karl bower

David Karl Bower


Training and Education

David Trained at Reading University's Theatre of The Deaf with Theatr Clwd in North Wales, and Carovana Dance Company in Sardenia.


David has a track record of both mainstream and disability arts. Mainstream work includes playing Hugh Grant’s brother in Four Weddings and a Funeral Mike Newell, several TV documentaries including Travel Log to India, recently as Quasimodo in Radio 4's Hunch Back of Notre Dame in collaboration with Graeae Theatre Company, and A Small Piece of Silence Signdance Collective's collaboration with BBC Radio 4. David’s short films for Sign Dance Collective have been screened across the Globe: Secret Signs as artist is residence with SDC at BBC Birmingham, Relics with Picture Productions, Beast with Idol Media, Amsterdam, Fire Signs with Frederique Spight and Talking Hands. David has artistically and creatively led the art form Signdance since 1994, "Dance Theatre at its most powerful and emotive....beautiful and sensual", BBC Radio, 1998. FocalVocal is delighted to have David join the FocalVocal team and add another language to our training and role-play repertoire, British Sign Language!

Signdance Collective (SDC) is an international dance music theatre company based at Buckinghamshire New University, lead by deaf and physically disabled dance theatre artists working alongside composers and musicians.

Founded in 2001 by David Bower and FocalVocaller Isolte Avila, Signdance Collective develops original performances at the heart of which is “signdance”, the unique visual language they created together more than 20 years ago. In consistently innovative ways, SDC introduces both deaf and hearing audiences to ground breaking new dance theatre performances, through a blend of signdance, film, live music interpretation and new music composition. Signdance Collective is committed to artistic collaboration, research and education with an inclusive collective of physically disabled, deaf, and non-disabled artists, all of whom are highly respected in their own fields. The Signdance Collective works collaboratively with composers and musicians as part of the company’s commitment to live and visible music for all audiences. From bases at Buckinghamshire New University in southeast England and the Netherlands, the Signdance Collective together with Frognal has worked extensively around the UK and internationally, including tours of Slovenia, Holland, Greece, USA, Austria, Slovakia, Turkey, Sardinia and recent shows in Bangalore. Recent performances have included But Beautiful and Dances For A Lost Traveller for which the company won the Ability Media International Award for Dance in 2009. “There’s no denying the company’s bravery and innovative spirit.” What’s On Stage in London - Giles Cole (July 2009) "Signs of brilliance” Time Out 2009 . Critics Choice-Time Out 2009. The Dance Award – Ability Media International 2009 www.amiawards.org Attaturk Award for Art and Culture 2005 (International).

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