Signdance Collective present Carthage/Cartagena

Signdance Collective celebrate their 30-year anniversary with their international tour of Carthage/Cartagena by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and will be performing at Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm. 

Set in an imagined despoiled, war-torn landscape, Carthage/Cartagena uncovers the lost voices of those who have been displaced and isolated by slavery, human trafficking, and forced migration. Signdance imagines Svich’s text, which is constructed as a series of ten song-poems, through their signature hybrid form, incorporating dance, theatre, music and languages both spoken and signed.

From 1987 to 2000, the company’s directors–Isolte Avila and David Bower–began constructing their unique fusion of sign theatre, dance, and original live music. In 2001, they formed Signdance Collective, a company crafting new and original work built on inclusivity, with a focus on disability- and deaf-led work. They have forged a number of international collaborations, delivering workshops and producing “innovative and creatively brilliant performances” (Diversity Awards, BBC) across the globe.

As David Bower, Signdance Collective’s Artistic Director, shares: “Carthage/Cartagena gives the quiet voice expression, a poetical plea through Signdance Collective for cosmopolitanism, reason and compassion.” 

Tickets are £10.00 and are available from the Oxford Playhouse Box Office:
Telephone:     01865 305305 or 
To book a wheelchair space please email or call 01865 305 305
Carthage/Cartagena is supported by Arts Council England.
Wendy Paintsil
PR & Marketing Manager, 
Signdance Collective
0797 4520884