“Beatrice Allegranti takes forward the very latest developments in feminist thinking to reconsider the ways in which we live as, and in, our bodies”. Jill Halstead, Composer, Feminist Writer, Professor of Music, Grieg Academy – University of Bergen.
Beatrice Allegranti’s practice has been influenced by a variety of inspirational mentors in across the world in the fields of dance, film, capoeira, feminism and psychotherapy including: Steve Paxton (US); Deborah Hay (US); Ian Spink (UK); Katya Bloom (UK/US); Jocelyn Chaplin (UK); Arnold Mindell (US); Marcia Leventhal (US); Jennifer Coates (UK); Brixton Brady (UK); Mestre Ponciano Almeida (UK/Brasil); Mestre Jose Antonio (Brasil); Mestre Jao Grande (US/Brasil).
Beatrice Allegranti’s international experience spans over two decades and encompasses choreography and filmmaking as well as teaching (actors, dancers and psychotherapists), clinical practice and supervision (in the NHS and privately) and consultancy. Feminist Posthumanism informs her practice and her collaborations exist at the intersections of biomedical, scientific and philosophical understandings of dance, choreography and moving bodies in relationship. Beatrice is passionate about the potential for (kin)aesthetic and embodied practices as vehicle for not just showing – but of ‘knowing’ – giving us a way to understand the complexity of human experiences in a multilayered and creative way.
Beatrice Allegranti’s early training was in ballet, later going on to study contemporary dance (Laban and Surrey), contact improvisation and dance movement psychotherapy in the UK and the US. Beatrice also has an interdisciplinary, PhD, completed in 2007 and combining dance movement psychotherapy, performance and feminism. Her practice includes mentoring and supervising dance artists, actors, dance movement psychotherapists and doctoral students with specific guidance in feminist interdisciplinary embodied methodologies.
Beatrice is regularly invited to teach and facilitate workshops for dancers, actors, arts therapists and psychotherapists around the world including: The Place, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, Laban, RADA, Drama Studio London, Sesame at London School of Speech and Drama, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility UK, The Polish Institute for DMT, Warsaw, Codarts, Rotterdam, The Theatre Academy, Helskinki, The Grieg Academy of Music, Bergen, The Arts in Mental Health in Hong Kong.
Alongside her independent practice, Beatrice was appointed as the first Reader/Associate Professor in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at the University of Roehampton and inaugurated the Centre for Arts Therapies Research (2011-2017).
Beatrice Allegranti continues to choreograph, direct short films, play capoeira, write, research, curate events, mentor, offer clinical supervision, teaching and consultantcy with a focus on integrating her interdisciplinary experience. Her work has received numerous and wide ranging awards and grants including: London Arts; Arts Council England; the Carl Couch Award; UnLtd Catalyst Award; Grieg Academy of Music – Norway; Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – Porto; hYbrid – Conversations between Science and Art at IBMC Porto; University of Roehampton – Department of Psychology; White Hart Lane Therapy Centre; N Creative; Women Director’s Cut – Video Channel Cologne, Santander Award for UK-Brazilian Collaboration, the 2015 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award.