MOVING KINSHIP Hubs @ Alexandra Palace & Merton Arts Space
The Moving Kinship Hubs offer a new combined artistic and psychological service, supporting people living with young onset dementia and their family carers. The hubs support ways of ‘listening with movement‘ which impact positively on family communication and relationships. Led by arts and health professional, Dr. Beatrice Allegranti, the hubs involve the creation of personalised dance and musical performances based on your experiences of living with dementia. Within a safe and supported workshop setting, families can then see aspects of themselves and their emotional experiences within these performances. The performances are followed by an opportunity for everyone to respond and reflect creatively, through movement improvisation, live music and words.
- This is a free service, supported by Arts Council England and Public Health and is part of the social prescribing portfolio in GP surgeries and NHS Trusts across the UK
- Hubs every 4-6 weeks at Alexandra Palace and Merton Arts Space
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.
If you are affected by young onset dementia and want to take receive an information flyer and part in the hubs email here
Photo: Julia Testa
The Moving Kinship hubs were launched in September 2019 with support from Arts Council England and Public Health. The hubs are located at Alexandra Palace and Merton Arts Space where Beatrice Allegranti Dance Theatre works with families affected by young onset dementia. The hubs include monthly one-day workshops involving the creation of bespoke participatory performances. 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: MariaOlga Palliani and Luke Birch
Arts Council England; Public Health (Merton); Alexandra Palace.
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.
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 Handbook for Dance Studies. London: Routledge.
Allegranti, B. (2020 forthcoming) ‘Dancing Activism: Choreographing the Material With/in Dementia. In Chaiklin, S. and Wengrower, H. International perspectives on Dance Movement Therapy: Dance and Creative Process in Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Routledge.