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Moving Kinship: Norway

Moving Kinship: Norway

Moving Kinship: Norway

in collaboration with 

Bergen International Festival & Bergen Red Cross

Moving Kinship is a transdisciplinary project that takes place in UK and international participatory ecologies hubs located in arts centres, museums, hospitals and grass roots organisations. Created by Beatrice Allegranti in 2016, the project involves making bespoke and trauma-informed live and digital performances with and for audiences as a way of engaging ethically with the many complex and intersecting challenges we are confronted with in our troubled world. Working  across forms (choreographic, film, conversational, illustration, writing, capoeira, music), the aim of the bespoke hubs is to activate modes of collaboration, collectivity and nurture cultures of multiple belongings and care. The hubs often give rise to full scale artistic works. To date, Beatrice and her team have worked intergenerationally with families affected by rare early onset dementia, youth environmental activists, LGBTQI+ communities and activists, as well as artists and scientists in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Japan.

This page documents Moving Kinship in Norway. 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