MOVING KINSHIP Hubs
Moving Kinship is a form of embodied activism involving people living with young onset dementia, family carers and Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre. The Arts Council England-funded participatory project has ten partners across the arts, health and science sectors, and aims to create bespoke dance theatre performances that support, in creative and embodied ways, the mental health of families affected by young onset dementia.
Social, psychological and political issues of equality, autonomy, dignity, social inclusion and solidarity have been raised in relation to people living with dementias, but little attention is paid to the role of the moving-expressive body and to creative processes in issues of social justice and health. Even less attention is given to health inequalities and BIPOC and LGBTQ+ experiences of kinship and dementia. The project investigates how our artistic collaboration allows people affected by young onset dementia and their families to understand and deepen their capacity to engage with life and kinship bonds.
Surrey Arts have commissioned Moving Kinship hubs to take place across 6 Surrey boroughs starting in February 2021. We are calling for families and kinship groups to participate.
This is a free service, supported by Arts Council England, Public Health and Surrey Arts and is part of the social prescribing portfolio in GP surgeries and NHS Trusts across the UK.
- Read about out how the film I Can’t Find Myself is used as a dementia resource in this feature article written for Therapy Today Magazine
- Watch #bellaciao a short film about the production I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing
- Read a short case study in the Multi-Species Dementia Blog
- If you are affected by young onset dementia and want to take take part in the project email here for an information flyer.
Links to short films about the Moving Kinship Hubs
Watch a short Dancer’s Portrait where Luke Birch talks about his experiences of dancing in the project.
Photo: Julia Testa
The Moving Kinship methodology, has been developed as a rigorous creative process that involves creating dance with and for diverse audiences. The project draws from Beatrice Allegranti’s feminist practice and research by interrogating socio-culturally ubiquitous issues and taboos such as loss (of identity, language, memory, kinship, home), body ownership, self-other care and Othering.
Photo: Aidan Orange | Dancers: Aneta Zwierzynska and Marc Stevenson
“When there are no words and the feelings are receding – this is a way of capturing an essence of what it is to have/be with fronto-temporal dementia“.
Sarah, participant and carer for partner living with young onset dementia.
Photo: Julia Testa
Dancers: Maria Olga Palliani and Luke Birch
Arts Council England, Public Health (Merton); Alexandra Palace, Surrey Arts.
Alexandra Palace; Merton Arts Space; Merton Council; Public Health (Merton); Dementia Action Alliance; Dementia Pathfinders; St George’s NHS; Created Out of Mind at Wellcome; University of Roehampton; Bergen International Festival; Red Cross Bergen; University of Bergen; South West Yorkshire NHS; LGBTQ Music Study Group; Yorkshire Dance, Surrey Arts, Dance 21.
Research publications emerging from the Moving Kinship project:
Allegranti, B. (2019) ‘Moving Kinship: Between Choreography, Performance and the More-Than-Human’. In Prickett, S, and Thomas, H. The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies. London: Routledge.
Allegranti, B. (2020) ‘Dancing Activism: Choreographing the Material With/in Dementia. In Chaiklin, S. and Wengrower, H. Dance Movement Therapy and the Creative Process: International perspectives. New York: Routledge.
Allegranti, B. (2016) ‘Dementia and Embodied Psychotherapy’. Therapy Today Magazine. BACP Publication. Cover story.