Political Signatures is an innovative neurofeminist collaboration combining 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 Master 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 40 participants all of whom practice the Afro-Brasilian art of capoeira.
The first publication emerging from the research will be published in 2020: Political Signatures in Capoeira: More-than-Human Pathways Towards Activism by Beatrice Allegranti & Jonathan Silas.
A short documentary film about the research will also be available in 2020.
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.
Mojuba Capoeira London; Mestre Poncianinho (UK); Mestre Brasilia (Brazil); Mestre Jose Antonio (Brazil); Mestre Favinio Brasil; Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (UK); 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