Collaboration with Created Out of Mind at Wellcome
Beatrice Allegranti is collaborating with the Created Out of Mind Team at Wellcome to conduct research on kinaesthetic interventions for people living with young onset dementia and their families. The interdisciplinary research combines choreography, dance movement psychotherapy, neuropsychology and sociolinguistics.
Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre contributes to the latest Created Out of Mind at Wellcome report – read it here.
Beatrice Allegranti features in Activists and Pioneers: The Women Behind Dementia by the Wellcome Hub
Workshop & Performance Tour
Throughout the autumn of 2017 and Spring of 2018 I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing dance theatre work in progress toured across several London and South West England venues to a diverse range of audiences. The work in progress tour inclluded pre-performance workshops and talks and audeince Q & A sessions. Here are some highlights:
Michaelis Theatre, 22nd March 2018
‘I was astounded at the beautiful choreography and performance that you produced. The way you spoke at the beginning was so heartfelt and warming; and so beautiful to hear the stories of people with dementia‘ (Dance Student)
‘ The Sanskrit word anukampa came to mind, it’s one of those words that gets translates as compassion but it’s literal meaning is “to shake with”, it really speaks to me of a real deep empathy that is so strong that one can’t help but shake with the other in suffering‘ (Dance Artist)
The Wellcome Hub, 23rd February 2018
‘Listening and watching the movement puts me in touch with my own body’ (Participant living with young onset dementia)‘[a] visceral struggle to connect. The power of dance and primitive sound’ (Carer for partner living with dementia)
Alexandra Palace – Transmitter Hall, 9th December 2017
‘Taking part in the workshop and seeing the dance, I have a multi-dimensional, profound resonance with early onset dementia‘ (Psychotherapist)
‘I found the workshop to be very thought provoking and at times quite emotional. It was lovely to see dementia sufferers and their families/carers participating at different levels in the movement therapy. The workshop helped me identify the difficulties someone with dementia encounters and the performances emphasised responses to all the sufferer’s different stories and experiences’ (Carer for relative living with dementia).
Merton Arts Space, 2nd December 2017
‘The performance allowed me to link my own experiences to other families’ experiences and gain a deeper insight,’ (Carer for partner living with dementia)
‘During the workshop improvisation, I had a sense of unity, connection and shared mutual feelings within the group,’ (Dance student)
Psychoanalysis, Creativity and Education Conference, 24th November 2017
‘I was moved by the collection of stories – beautiful and hugely thought provoking’ (Psychoanalysis Scholar)
‘Stunning’ (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist)
‘Left humbled, inspired and affected – deepest thanks’ (Psychotherapist and educator)