Watch the short documentary film Political Signatures here. The film was screened as film part of a keynote presentation: ‘Micro-movements of activism in the Jogo de Capoeira’ by Beatrice Allegranti at an international (Australia, Brazil, U.S.A., U.K.) seminar hosted by Project Bantu and the New South Wales Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors – Australia (STARTTS).
Political Signatures is an innovative neurofeminist collaboration combining the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira, dance movement psychotherapy and neuroscience.
As a development of the What Moves Us Project Beatrice Allegranti is collaborating with neuroscientist Dr Jonathan Silas (Middlesex University), Capoeira Mestre Ponciano Almeida (Mojuba Capoeira) and Dance Movement Psychotherapist Gerry Harrison (NHS) to work with a distinguished group of international capoeira masters from the UK and Brasil. Amongst them is Mestre Brasilia – a historical pioneer in the development of capoeria in Brasil.
The project also includes 36 UK and Brazilian participants all of whom practice the art of capoeira.
The first publication emerging from the research is: Allegranti, B. and Silas, J. (2021) ‘Intra-active Signatures in Capoeira: More-than-Human Pathways Towards Activism’. Emotion, Space, Society. February (38). Available here.
Directed & Produced by: Beatrice Allegranti
Music: Jill Halstead, Ponciano Almeida
Director of Photography: Alice Hiscoke
Film Editor: Alexander Lopera
Production Photography: Alice Underwood
Interviews: Beatrice Allegranti & Jonathan Silas
Transcription: Abbie Carter
Graphics and Design: NCreative
University of Roehampton; Department of Psychology; University of Middlesex; Santander Travel Grant.
Mojuba Capoeira London; Mestre Poncianinho (UK); Mestre Brasilia (Brazil); Mestre Jose Antonio and Barracão Capoeira Academy (Brazil); Mestre Favinio Brasil; Middlesex University; Tedx Dorking; Public Health.
Tedx Talk – with Mestre Poncianinho and Beatrice Allegranti
Dr Jonathan Silas: Cognitive neuroscientist and Beatrice’s collaborator on the Embodied Signatures project
Jill Halstead – the film’s composer and professor of interdisciplinary music at the University of Bergen
NCreative – the film’s motion graphics editor
Mojuba Capoeira London – the capoeira school where Beatrice and many of the research participants practice with Mestre Poncianinho
Alexander Lopera – the film’s editor