THE FOUNDERS OF SIGNDANCE

DAVID BOWER

Founder/Artistic Director/Actor

David Bower is Artistic Director/Actor. He is a Welsh/English performer studied Theatre of the Deaf at Bulmershe College of Further Education. He joined the Basic Theatre Company, played ‘Gary’ in the award-winning production, winning a fringe 1st for his performance. He studied the newly created art form Signdance as an apprentice performer at Common Ground Sign Dance Theatre from 1989. He tours extensively, performing at major street theatre festivals and theatre festivals worldwide. His films have been screened across the globe at festivals and events and the latest 'Rapid Intervention' was shown at Cannes Film Festival. Radio work includes Quasimodo, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ BBC Radio 4, ‘Shall I say a Kiss,’ BBC Radio 4, ‘Dragonfly,’ BBC Radio 4 and ‘A Small Piece of Silence’ and in July 2013, he recorded the radio version of Bad Elvis with the BBC and plays the lead in the stage production. He is an associate artist at the BBC.

ISOLTE AVILA

Founder/Collaborations Director/Performer

Isolte was born in Cuba. She has a degree in dance from California Institute of the Arts and trained as a scholarship student at Tanz Wochen Vienna. She founded the art form 'Signdance Theatre' in 1987, and In 2001, with Deaf actor David Bower formed Signdance Collective. Isolte tours extensively with the company. Influential collaborations include working with director Goro Osojik/Ana Monro Slovenia, touring through India with,in-collaboration with Sanjiina Kapur's Prithvi Theatre & partnering Carovana SMI Sardinia on European Projects & with Joke Menssink in Holland. In the UK, Isolte enjoys working closely with Brazillian playwright Pedro De Senna, the SDC company,  and as a member of the steering group at Wycombe Arts Centre.