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Moving Kinship Norway

Moving Kinship Norway

Moving Kinship Norway

in collaboration with 

Bergen International Festival & Bergen Red Cross

Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre has established an international programme of Participatory Dances for people living with dementia, their families and healthcare professionals. The company have started working in Norway and are available for residencies worldwide.

Commissioned by Festpill-Kollektivet, Festpillene i Bergen, Bergen International Festival and the Socially Engaged Arts project at the University of Bergen, the company visited two care homes in Bergen, Norway, in May 2018. The work involved introducing day care and live-in residents a basic structure of movement and sonic material that we have evolved in London. What followed was an improvisatory dance led by participants and facilitated by Beatrice Allegranti in collaboration with Jill Halstead (composer) and company dancers: Luke Birch, Sabrina Gargano, Takeshi Matsumoto, Aneta Zwierzynska. Red Cross Dementia Care Home, Bergen.


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This was not a “regular” concert or dance show, where patients / residents are more or less passive recipients. In this dance, the patients really got involved and contributed directly to body and senses. It was amazing to see what came out of the dance and how spontaneous they were. The dancers were also very good, they knew what they were doing and they dared to challenge the patients more than we might usually wake up, but at the same time they took into consideration and ignored the limits of the patients” Kristin Marie Saetre, Manager, Fyllingsdalen Sykehjem

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This was a really positive experience. The people of the day-care-centre remembered this workshop and talked about it when they came next time…and some also had a positive experience by the fact that you came from abroad and they could talk EnglishKristin Marie Saetre, Manager, Fyllingsdalen Sykehjem



Photos: Mel Bufort