“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
Beatrice Allegranti is an award winning choreographer, dance movement psychotherapist, capoeira teacher, feminist researcher and educator. Her practice has been influenced by a variety of inspirational mentors 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’s international experience spans two decades and encompasses choreography and filmmaking as well as teaching, clinical practice and supervision. Feminist politics inform her practice and her work and collaborations exists at the intersections of biomedical, scientific and philosophical understandings of dance 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.
Following professional training in contemporary dance, contact improvisation and dance movement psychotherapy, Beatrice was awarded a PhD bursary in 2004, to undertake a three year pathbreaking interdisciplinary, practice based doctoral research project combining dance movement psychotherapy, performance and feminism. She now mentors and supervises dance artists, dance movement psychotherapists and doctoral students with specific guidance in 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, Siobahn 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 founded and directs the Centre for Arts Therapies Research in the department of psychology.
Beatrice continues to choreograph, direct short films, play capoeira, write, research, curate events, mentor, offer clinical supervision and teach 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.